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Benjamin Ray Cates

also known as Ben Cates

About me

Former United States Marine, now fighting for you to protect your freedom and rights.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    7 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    7 years, 500 cases



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

22 total 

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  • James Melvin Taylor

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ben for many years. He is a hard working attorney. He has a great personality and is well respected in the courts. He is not afraid to put in the late hours.


    James Taylor Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeanne M. Normandeau

    I am currently working with Ben on a co-defendant criminal matter. I have been impressed with his knowledge of the law and thorough investigation into the facts of our case. Ben Cates is an experienced and conscientious lawyer that achieves great results for his clients. I strongly endorse Ben Cates to have in your corner if you ever need an experienced criminal lawyer.


    Jeanne Normandeau DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Temecula Office

43015 Blackdeer Loop, Unit 106C
Temecula, CA, 92590


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2015
DUI CertificateCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2015
DUI CertificateCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyElia & Cates, Attorneys at Law2015 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyLegal Aid Society Of San Bernardino, Inc.2008 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices Of Michael A. Scafiddi, Inc.2008 - 2015
ClerkLaw Offices of Aaron L. Turner2007 - 2008
SergeantUnited States Marine Corps1994 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2015 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Third DUILicense retained
Peo. v. Mike D.Wet Reckless
Peo v. Jose R.Misdemeanor Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Southern Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
In house trainingDUI Law at the DMV2014