Criminal Law involves cases that are being prosecuted by the state or city government because it allegedly threatens or harms public safety. Charges in criminal law typically involve police, and charges are brought by a Prosecuting Attorney (also called a DA in some areas). There are multiple categories of crimes, misdemeanors charges (less serious offenses) and felony charges (more serious crimes). While felonies are typically more serious, either type of offense can cause unforeseen problems if not handled properly by experienced legal counsel.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing a felony, it’s vital that you hire the best criminal defense attorney to handle your case. The lawyers at MRD Law Firm are one of the most trusted criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, MO and will get you the best possible outcome in whatever situation you are in.

Our law office provides experienced legal counsel for most criminal cases including traffic ticketsDWI/DUI, and major crimes (robbery, burglary, theft, stealing, fraud and drug offenses).


The State of Missouri takes drug charges very seriously. Whether you’ve been charged with possession, manufacture or drug distribution, hiring the right legal defense team is imperative.

Most possession charges are considered Class C felonies, which carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Marijuana possession of less than 35 grams is considered a Class A misdemeanor, carrying punishments of up to a year in jail and fines of $1,000.

The punishments for manufacture or distribution of drugs are even greater, as are those for people who have a previous record.

But with the right team, you can avoid convictions and imprisonment.

No matter what charges you face, MRD Lawyers is uniquely suited to help you navigate the judicial system and find the best possible resolution for your case. We have a combined total of nearly two decades working as prosecutors — we know how cases are built, so we have unique insight into how to build a defense.

Contact us today for a consultation if you are facing any drug related charges.


If you’re charged with assault, regardless of degree, you need an experienced attorney at your side. Being found guilty can have a negative impact on your life in many ways, including your ability to find a job.

The criminal defense attorneys at MRD Lawyers have a combined experience of nearly 20 years as prosecutors. They understand all levels of assault charges — both misdemeanors and felonies — and can help you find the best possible outcome to your situation.

Assault is generally defined as intentionally trying to kill or harm someone. The type of charge made against you depends on whether the harm was intentional, accidental or reckless. Sentences for assault can vary greatly. It’s imperative you have an experienced legal team in your corner.

Contact our office today for a consultation with our expert assault and battery attorneys on the best way to proceed with your case.


If you have been arrested and are facing a felony charge of any kind, the first thing you need to do is hire an experienced legal team.

Here at MRD Lawyers, we can offer unique insight into handling felony cases. With combined experience of nearly 20 years as prosecuting attorneys, we understand how these cases are handled by those bringing charges against you. That puts us in a great position to build your defense.

Felony charges can stem from a wide variety of offenses, from passing a bad check to murder. Regardless of the charge you face — be it robbery, burglary, theft, fraud, drug possession charges or homicide charges — you can be assured our firm will do everything possible to bring about the best possible outcome for your unique situation.

Contact our office today for a consultation on the best way to proceed with your case.


Homicide is one of the biggest charges anyone can face. A guilty verdict for first-degree murder can bring a sentence of life in prison or death.

Because so much is on the line, it’s crucial to hire the best legal team possible to understand the charges leveled against you — be they criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, murder or justifiable homicide — and ensure your case is presented in the best way possible.

We at MRD Lawyers can help you understand the charges brought against you and help you build a defense designed to bring about the best possible outcome. With nearly 20 combined years working as prosecutors, we have insight into how investigations work, how prosecution cases are built and, ultimately, how best to defend you.

If you already have been convicted of a crime, we can work with you to build an appeal. If you are facing charges for the first time, we can help you understand and navigate the legal system.

Whatever your situation time is crucial, contact us today.


Domestic violence can take many forms. In Missouri, adult abuse can include assault, battery, coercion, harassment, sexual assault, unlawful imprisonment and stalking. Charges of domestic violence — whether emotional or physical — can carry very stiff penalties.

If you face a domestic violence charge, it’s important you get the best legal representation you can as quickly as you can. Depending on the type of charge you face, sentences can range from probation to 30 years or life in prison and the loss of your right to own a firearm.

We at MRD Lawyers believe everyone deserves the best legal representation possible. With our vast experience in prosecutions, we have unique insight into how to help protect your rights and find the best resolution possible for your situation.

Contact us today for a consultation.


A conviction for driving while intoxicated can have a devastating impact on your freedom. It’s vital if you are facing a DUI/DWI charge that you hire a trusted DWI attorney in Springfield, MO.

A first-time conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will result in a three-month loss of driving privileges and can mean up to six months in jail and a fine of as much as $500. And the penalties for subsequent offenses only get worse from there, with up to four years in jail, a $5,000 fine and a 10-year revocation of driving rights for a third offense.

If you have been charged with a DWI, get legal help immediately. We at the Law Offices of Matthew Russell are the most trusted DUI attorneys in Springfield, MO because we have the experience to ensure you get the representation you deserve to ensure the best possible outcome to your situation.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you.


Missouri law on what constitutes an underage person being in possession of alcohol extends far beyond what a teen may hold in his hand. Anyone younger than 21 years old can be charged for buying or trying to buy alcohol, possessing alcohol (opened or not) or for being intoxicated.

A first violation can carry a fine of up to $300 and a 30-day suspension of your driver’s license. Subsequent violations can carry hefty fines and/or jail time.

If you or your child has been charged with violation of the law, it is imperative to get legal advice immediately. In certain circumstances, a record can be expunged — meaning the record is wiped clean.

We at the Law Offices of Matthew Russell and Russell Dempsey have nearly two decades’ experience in handling such offenses. Contact us today for a consultation to see how we can help you.


Ryan B.

This law firm is outstanding. Quick to make an appointment and very helpful on the situation I’m going through. I highly recommend MRD lawyers. Very professional and informative. Don’t hesitate to give them a call! They are awesome!

Hunter Adkison

Matt Russell and staff are Down to earth, genuine human beings who made me feel like they really cared about my individual case. Matt made a lasting impact on my life with the results he was able to provide. Very satisfied client; highly recommend.

Annie Nguyen

Matt Russell and his staff are truly amazing. I am so happy to have Matt helping us. He is very honest, caring and has been so helpful with everything. I am so glad that I found Matt. He is very genuine and over all a good guy to have on your side.

Cinder Ella

Matt and his team exceeded my expectations in every way. Legal issues are in no way pleasant but I was made to feel well-represented, informed and respected during the entire process.

Tim & Anamei

I hired Russel Dempsey for my DWI case and from the beginning he was very professional and easy to deal with. He was able to break everything down for me and basically tell me how things would go. It was the first time I was in trouble with the law and he helped me understand what was going on and could answer any question I had. I received the news today after two longs years of my case being drug out (not Russel’s fault) that my case has been dropped. I 100% recommend him and his practice.

Chelle Blair

Where do I start? I thought I was going to have to plead guilty!! That was over a year ago. Fast forward to today and I just got news that case was dismissed!!! If it was not for the diligence and expertise of Matt Russell that would not have happened. The staff is always super friendly and great at sending reminders for all court dates etc. Nobody wants to go to court, but if you do you want it to go as smoothly as possible and you want to be represented by the best....and that's MRD lawyers.

John Sebag

Matthew was awesome! He was able to take care of my ticket and he was very responsive with all my inquiries. I would recommend MRD Lawyers to anyone who’s having any legal troubles.

Jeff Long

Can't say enough good things about Matt Russell. Very professional and gets things done. Very friendly and just awesome all around if you go anywhere else your wasting your time and money. Thank you again Matt you freaking Rock man!!!

David Bradshaw

Matthew is truly one of a kind. Definitely does not fit the stereotype of your typical lawyer. He has gone above and beyond to help out me and my family. . Will always be grateful to Matthew for the kindness he showed me

Cody Brown

An extremely effective law firm that individualized my case, provided options and expectations and got results.

Charles Johnston

So I decided to do some research on the law firm,I discovered that they help with the overflow for the public defenders office.its nice to know that not all court appointed lawyers work for the state and I like companies who help those in there community.

Micah Seago

I would highly recommend working with MRD Lawyers. Russell was extremely kind, knowledgeable, and understanding of my circumstances and helped explain everything to ensure that I understood my case and what my options were. I was pleasantly amazed every time we met to discuss where we were at and the next steps. I went into everything expecting the worst but Russell helped to calm my nerves and ensured that I received the best resolution to my case while also exceeding my expectations!

Rob Broadbent

If you're here unfortunately you're in need of a lawyer... No need to look any further! Matthew works as hard as can be to get you the best possible outcome for your case!

Preston Henry

Mr.Russell did such a good job with my case. I was amazed with how familiar he was with the judge and prosecutors, I mean that in a good way. I have never seen any lawyer make a judge laugh and it made me much more comfortable when he did. I owe a huge thanks to the whole firm for helping me, they were extremely responsive even when I was residing out of state. The communication system that they have with their emails and easy access was all around well organized and quick. Thanks Matt! God bless you guys.