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Our Practice

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI
  • Family Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Social Security
  • Traffic
  • Wills

Our Approach

 At Carlson Law LLC, we specialize in bringing the law to your corner. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them. 

Counties Covered

  • Bollinger County
  • Cape Girardeau County
  • Mississippi County
  • Perry County
  • Scott County
  • St. Francois County
  • Ste. Genevieve County

Individualized Attention

 Our normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  However, we understand that sometimes life doesn't fit that schedule.  Appointments can be made outside of that time frame.  Just call or contact us today to schedule an appointment that falls outside those hours. 

Our Team

Tamara Carlson - Attorney


Tamara Carlson received both her Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completing her Juris Doctorate degree in 2001. Prior to starting her own firm, Tamara worked in the Missouri Attorney General's Office in the habeas divison and then later in the labor division. After working for the Attorney General's Office, she worked in the private sector for a while.  She also worked for a time in the Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, in the Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and most recently in the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Tamara has also defended cases in Southeast Missouri while she worked for the Missouri Public Defender System for over eight years.  Tamara has won several jury trials as both prosecutor and defense.  Having been a former prosecutor gives Tamara a unique perspective to be able to critically analyze your case for the best results in your criminal matter.  Her experience in a variety of areas of the law helps her to be well rounded and able to handle your case efficiently, whether criminal or civil.  Her impeccable work ethic ensures that she will work hard to do everything in her power to get you the results you deserve. 

  • Member of Cape First Church.
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Criminal Law Committee.
  • Member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA).
  • Lifetime Member of Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL).
  • Lawyer of Distinction, 2019
  • Of Counsel, Chaffee Housing Authority


Chylie Clark - Administrative Assistant

 Chylie Clark is a graduate of Cape Central High School. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Southeast Missouri State University. Chylie has recently joined the Carlson team as an Administration Assistant in order to help provide our clients the quality services they deserve. 


Dena Milz - Paralegal


Dena is a paralegal with 16 years in criminal and civil law. She has extensive knowledge of the Missouri Court Systems and processes.  She is very experienced as an intake specialist.  A member of the First United Methodist Church of Chaffee, she is utmost a wife , mother and grandmother.  She loves sporting events, good food and binge watching Netflix.  Dena is excited to be a part of Carlson Law and bring justice for our clients.


Mary Oglesby - Paralegal/Financial Consultant

Mary brings a strong financial background to our firm.  She has handled finances in a variety of settings for the past 25 years as the director and manager of several business.  With her degree in Paralegal Studies, she is an invaluable asset to Carlson Law and is able to help people.  


Eric Carlson - IT Specialist

  Eric Carlson is the resident IT specialist.  Eric received an athletic scholarship for football and attended Southeast Missouri State University on that scholarship.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Physics.  Eric is a lifelong resident of southeast Missouri and is part of the team helping Carlson Law, LLC to bring positive results for our clients.  


Trinity Carlson - Intern

  Trinity is an energetic addition to Carlson Law.  Trinity has a sincere desire to help people, and as such, is an invaluable asset.