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Daniel Joseph Dodson

Criminal defense Attorney at Jefferson City, MO

4.4   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Location

Daniel Joseph Dodson
315 Marshall St
Jefferson City, MO, 65101-3316

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4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Jamie | October 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wish I started here...
I was referred to another attorney initially to help with what I understood was a fairly simple legal matter to address. Unfortunately, the previous attorney disappeared after receiving payment not understanding where the legal matter concluded. I contacted Daniel Dodson's office and at first, it did take a few attempts to get a response from Nancy in his office. Once active communication was established, Nancy and Dan were able to provide quick guidance to resolve the issue. Without hesitation, if there are future needs for legal assistance, my first contact will be to Dan's office as they were very helpful in helping to resolve the case. As a bonus, they also helped direct me to resolving my issue with the previous attorney. I strongly recommend anyone in need of legal assistance to work with Dan's office.
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Posted by Suzanne | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defense attorney
Dan Dodson is an excellent attorney. He will tell you when to talk and when to be quiet. Just do it. Hes a smart and honest person. Best lawyer in Missouri in my book. Price is moderate. Worth every penny. Thank you! Id not hesitate to recommend Dan and his staff to anyone. Suzanne
Posted by Sandra | February 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfessionalism
Mr. Dodson has handled two of my cases with the utmost professionalism. He's on the ball. I never had to wonder about anything. He always kept me well informed and we won both cases. I would definitely recommend their law firm if anyone is ever in need of an attorney. Thanks again.
Posted by Keith | July 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent attorney
I hired Daniel Dodson he had all charges dropped without even going to court, he did an amazing job, I have nothing but confidence in this lawyer. Another attorney who charged me a set amount to represent me and then he drug it on for over 8 months and then set it for trial and then told me i would have to pay him an insane amount before he would finish the job in court and that wasn't even what it was going to cost for trial, wouldn't even talk to me until i paid in full, so i hired Daniel Dodson, he had all charges dropped.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great outcome ... little hassles
Dan did a great job on a case for a family member of mine. He took care of all the details and we only had to meet with him in his office once. No court appearances were required on our part. The outcome was positive. I would use Dan again!
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I'm from out of state with a drug case. Dan Dodson was very reasonable and saved me a lot of time and money by showing up to my court dates . He got me probation & i couldnt be happier with all that he did. I would highly recommend him as a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Nicole | August 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Dodson is a wonderful lawyer. Today in court I got all charges dropped I got SSI which is supervision by the judge. So if I do not have any encounters with law enforcement for two years my charges will not be on CaseNet. Love this man he is awesome!
Posted by Sumit | July 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He knows what to do, how to do and when to do !
Dan Dondson is a very good lawyer and excellent person! We retained him for a traffic violation case. There was a time when I was bit worried about gap in communication between us, but he knows what to do, how to do and when to do. And I got the best outcome with him I will recommend him!
Posted by Amy | October 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
AWESOME
Very kind and compassionate guy. Mr Dodson took the time to talk to my son and I regarding a situation we needed advice on. Very down to earth and straight forward. I will keep his number on my speed dial!
Posted by Amber | August 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dan was wonderful in setting my mind at ease!
Dan was very polite and respectful throughout our entire consultation. He reassured me that I have no reason to stress myself or worry over my situation. I was making myself physically sick from all the stress even though I was the victim and being threatened. He took all my stress from the situation by breaking down the entire situation and explaining anything I needed to know. I would completely recommend Dan to anyone and everyone that is in need of any legal help. I had been advised by a different attorney before Dan and the other lawyer told me that "I" was in huge trouble and "I" the victim had to prove my innocence, even when the police already had all that information that they needed. The 1st attorney was telling me that it was going to cost several thousands of dollars to just to represent me even though the evidence was already there. I felt as if a 2nd opinion was needed and that is when I contacted Dan. He answered immediately and the consultation was set up quickly. He listened to all that I had to say about the situation and he never showed any disrespect. I would recommend him to anyone for any situation, I was very impressed with his manner and knowledge of the situation and finally I can sleep peacefully as an innocent citizen again. Thanks so much for just your time talking to me and reassuring me again!
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Posted by Angela | April 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don Rocks
Dan really gave me a fresh start on life. I was in a really tight jam and didn't know what direction I was heading in. I gave him a call and he actually listened and heard me out. He gave me a fair quote and assured that I could trust him. Immediately when he received his compensation, he got right to work. I had an active warrant and within a few days it was eliminated. He worked so hard on my case and eventually got it dismissed. Keep in mind I never had to attend a court date and I was working with him from Chicago. I wouldn't have ever imagined how trust worthy he was. He got me my life back.
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Posted by Kate | January 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in Missouri!
Dan is honest, trustworthy, straight forward, and has obvious experience in the court room. He has a very calm presence and I always felt safe in court with Dan at my side; he always had my back. He took my case with confidence, worked hard to put together our argument and after two years he (we) won my case. I highly recommend Dan for any drug related charge. He even provided additional support for me, a year later, when I needed documentation for college admissions. He's a winner!
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
B.S
We hired this attorney to represent my son. Mr. Dodson was not available to update my family, nor my incarcerated son. He ignored my emails spoke very sparsely , maybe a few times to me and other son, that was putting up an enormous amount of money. We had no idea what he spent it on. My incarcerated son has just been literally in limbo and has had a mental breakdown.
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Response from Daniel Dodson March 16, 2024
For a slightly more complete, and slightly less dishonest (and anonymous), version of Cynthia's malarkey, please see her post from Nov. 2. Cynthia and her family hired me to represent her son in a serious federal case, involving a co-defendant shooting at federal agents, and likely carrying 20 years or more in prison. From the outset, the federal prosecutor on the case told me that more charges were coming, involving alleged plans to shoot up the Mexican border, and to shoot federal border agents if necessary. Now that the new charges have finally been filed, the client faces multiple life sentences. From the beginning, and across multiple jail visits and phone calls, I told the client that the original fee would not be enough to cover the complexity and the huge number of reports involved with the new charges. When they were filed, I quoted a new fee, and he seemed to think his family could and would pay the new fee. From experience, I knew that they might choose not to. This situation likely has much more to do with his mental state than anything I did. The client and I discussed the strategy I had developed for his case. I had already received enough reports that I could have spent all of the original fee reading them, but that would not have benefitted my client if he ended up with a different lawyer. I read just enough to get the gist of the case and develop a plan. When Cynthia and the rest of the client's family chose not to come up with the additional fee, the client was cooperative in asking that I be allowed to withdraw from representation. At the court hearing for my withdrawal, the judge was surprised to hear that I did not claim to have read all of the reports, as I easily could have (and as, in the judge's assessment, most other lawyers would have), and therefore intended to return more than two-thirds of the original fee (Cynthia included mention of the return of fees in her original complaint, but not this time, for some reason) to the client. Cynthia and the client's brother did contact me on several occasions by phone and email, mostly complaining about jail conditions, how slowly the federal system moves, and how much the client missed his family, and of course protesting his innocence. I kept the client fully informed, but I did not waste very much of his money directly responding to his mother's dramatic and repetitive complaints. I spoke to his brother by phone a couple of times. This is a very complex and serious case, for which I had developed an outside-the-box strategy. After the hearing in which I was allowed to withdraw from the case, I stayed after and spoke with the judge about the fact that I believe my former client has a legitimate defense. I think that might have influenced his decision to appoint what appears to me to be a more experienced and capable lawyer (recently relocated from the east coast, well experienced, and looking to build a practice) than some of the other lawyers who take appointed cases. I have spoken with him about the strategies and insights I developed, and remain available to confer with him if needed. But I still wish I had this case, and not just because I feel confident about my plan of defense. The prosecutor on this case used to be a state prosecutor in Springfield, and we tried a serious sex offense case against each other a few years back. That client's original lawyer (a heavy hitter in Springfield) said the guy was guilty and the case couldn't be won. Both my co-counsel and the experienced court reporter who took down depositions of the complaining witnesses in that case thought I couldn't win. But I did win, and this prosecutor knows I mean business. That can be a significant advantage, and I think the client understood this. The rest of this client's life is at stake, and I don't think he deserves what they are trying to do to him.. Too bad his family didn't come through for him, and now wants to blame me for his situation.
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Posted by Cynthia | November 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unsatisfactory
We hired this attorney to represent my son. Mr. Dodson was not available to update my family, nor my incarcerated son. He ignored my emails spoke very sparsely , maybe 2 times to me and other son, that was putting up an enormous amount of money. We had no idea what he spent it on. My incarcerated son has just been literally in limbo and has had a mental breakdown. After a yr we asked him to pls send some of my son's money back and we would hv to get someone else. He sent 2/3 of the money back but all the pain and mental agony we went through was and is unrelenting. No, I do not recommend this attorney...we do not hv money to help my son and pray for God's mercy
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Response from Daniel Dodson March 18, 2024
Please see my response to Cynthia's similar complaint posted on March 8, 2024. I would add that they have a pretty good idea of "what I spent it on" based on my itemized bill. She is correct that I returned more than two-thirds of the fee.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Illinois
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • 1983

Associations

  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Public Affairs Director
  • 2000 - 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dan has an amazing legal mind and will fight and advocate with all of his strength. A great mentor, friend, and colleague who has a passion for the law and gets results."
Criminal defense

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Jefferson City Criminal defense Lawyer Daniel Joseph Dodson
Daniel Joseph Dodson
Criminal defense Attorney
Jefferson City, MO
Licensed for 36 years
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