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Dwane M Cates

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Dwane M. Cates is a nationally recognized Criminal Defense Lawyer and Crisis Communication Expert.  He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, HLN, Fox Business, CNBC and  radio stations throughout the United States as a legal expert.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication / Persuasion and then from the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law (formerly Arizona State College of Law).   Prior to that he was a salesman.  He learned how to persuade, then he went to school to learn why what he did worked and now he is ready to put his experience and training to work for you. 



In the area of criminal law, Mr. Cates has experience handling a variety of cases from major felonies in Federal Court to misdemeanors in municipal court. No matter what the case, Mr. Cates, has the experience to handle your case effectively and at a reasonable rate.

Mr. Cates founded the firm in 1997 and has owned and managed the firm to the present. He has experience at all levels of criminal law from first degree murder cases in Federal Court to misdemeanor DUI cases in municipal court. He has handled several high profile cases including the "baby formula" case in federal court and the matricide murder case. Mr. Cates has experience handling a variety of cases from major felonies in Federal Court to misdemeanors in municipal court. No matter what the case, Dwane Cates, has the experience to handle your case effectively and at a reasonable rate.



Dwane Cates is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section; the Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section; the American Association for Justice, Criminal Law Section; and attended the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy.

Dwane M. Cates has a wealth of life experiences ranging from the oil fields of Wyoming to various sales positions here in the valley. This wide variety of life experience is extremely valuable in the representation of the diverse clientele found here Phoenix and the state of Arizona.

Areas of Practice:



Criminal Law
DUI/DWI
White Collar Crimes
Felonies


Drug Crimes


Sex Crimes
Federal Court
Misdemeanors
Municipal Court

Bar Admissions:
Arizona, 1997

Education:
Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
J.D.
Honors: Oral Argument Competitions, Trial Advocacy Team

Arizona State University
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Major: Communication / persuasion

Professional Associations and Memberships:
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member

American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Member

Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Member

American Association for Justice, Criminal Law Section
Member

Arizona College of Trial Advocacy

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Languages spoken: Polish, English

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    20 years, 2.2 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul E Knost

    I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Mr. Cates in court many times over the years. He is an extremely talented lawyer and his clients are lucky to have him.

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    Paul Knost Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Judd S Nemiro

    I endorse this lawyer for their dedication to their clients.

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    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

Cates & Sargeant Law Group, PLLC

1747 East Morten Avenue
Suite 202
Phoenix, AZ, 85020

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 199705/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AccreditedBetter Business Bureau2014
Most Visits to a Homeless ShelterHomeless Legal Assistance Project1998
Most Visits to a Homeless ShelterHomeless Legal Assistance Project1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCates & Sargeant Law Group, PLLC2010 - Present
Managing Partner (founder)Cates, Hanson, Sargeant & Schoenau, PLC1997 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember Criminal Law Section2000 - Present
American Association for Justice, Criminal Law SectionMember2000 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. LononNot Guilty
State v. MathewsNot Guilty after a full Jury Trial
State v. DavisNot Guilty
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Phoenix New TimesRobbed at Gun Point2015
24/7 Press ReleaseHighway Drug Stops In Arizona2009
HG.org articlesCivil Forfeiture in Criminal Cases2009
HG.org ArticlesStopped on an Arizona Highway and Charged with a Drug Crime2009
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Arizona State UniversityCommunication/persuasionOther - Bachelors1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Courtroom Challenges: Exculpatory Evidence and Actual MisconductProsecutor Misconduct2015
The Media and Crisis CommunicationHow to Handle the Media2014
Jodi Arias TrialCriminal Law2013
TV Legal commentatorCriminal Law2011
TV Appearance on Tru TV (Court TV)Criminal Law2011
James Ray TrialJame Ray Manslaughter Trial2011
Fox News National TV AppearanceCasey Anthony Trial2011
Small Firm Hiring PracticesSmall Firm Hiring Practices2010
Noon Lunch GroupDrug Crimes and DUI experiences2010
Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawStarting your own Law Firm and Law Firm Management2000