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Dwane M Cates

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.6   54 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dwane

Learn Dwane’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    78%
    I have handled everything from major drug cases involving over 1000 pounds of Marijuana to first degree murder cases in federal court. I travel throughout Arizona handling major felony matters in every court in the State.

    27 years, 2,200 cases

  2. Sex crime
    22%
    We handle sex crimes of all kinds.

    27 years, 500 cases

 
Dwane M. Cates is not only 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 is also Certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Certified Specilist in Criminal Law.  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

Location

DwaneCates.com, PLLC
7310 North 16th Street
Suite 330A
Phoenix, AZ, 85020

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  54 customer reviews
Posted by Emily | June 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him NOW!
When I first found Dwane my life was in shambles, now I can start to pick up the pieces. This was an excruciating, and emotional process but I got my life back, quickly. I remember one of the first things he told me was that just a phone call from him to the prosecutors would do a lot and I firmly believe that’s why I’m free today and have no other charges. You can trust this firm with your life. Thank you for everything you have done for me, I will always call you first in the future, and so will my friends and family. God bless
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney who strives for the Best Results!
I hired Attorney Cates for two things. The first was to try to correct a sentencing order that essentially put a felony conviction on my record. Through the filing of a well-written Post-Conviction Motion and oral argument, Attorney Cates convinced the Court to change the offense to a misdemeanor with no supervision. The second issue was to seal criminal charges that were dismissed without any probable cause. He continues to work hard on this issue and convince the Court that my charges fit into the sealing statute. Initially, the Court declined to grant the motion, but Mr. Cates was adamant and ask the Court to immediately reconsider. He also said he is more than willing to work out minimal monthly payments in the event that this issue is appealed, which is a significant help to me considering I am unemployed and care for a parent who is a disabled veteran. Attorney Cates is always responsive to emails, calls, and questions. His dedication is evident in his detail and legal research put into his motions, his courtroom presentations, and his drive for results. Based on my experience, I highly recommend him to other individuals who need an attorney specializing in criminal law. Thank you for everything, Dwane!
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Posted by Sal | August 31, 2022
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Mr. Cates
I needed some legal advise. Mr. Cates called me right back after I left him a message. He spent time listening to my questions and gave me the advise I needed. He freely gave me his time and addressed my concerns. Thank you sir.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Retired
Mr. Cates, advise me how to take care of the first part of this particular issue which it entails another state. Then after everything has been done to a certain level of satisfaction there then if he is still needed here, then he will represent me here. I was so happy with his speaking of clarity so I could understand so clearly what to do. Thank you again Dwayne Cates
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2022
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Call Dwane without delay
I don't know where I would be without this lawyer. Dwane helped me as my counsel through an extremely difficult situation. He was extremely responsive and helpful throughout the entire process. His defense as my attorney nearly brought me to tears. Dwane is dedicated, efficient, and cares deeply about his work. If you are in a crisis and in need of assistance, trust that Dwane will do everything in his power to work toward the best possible outcome. I am forever grateful for the freedom that he fought to obtain for me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2022
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Phenomenal
A lawyer who actually listens to you and cares about you is probably the best you can get. I would give more stars but there isn’t enough space so here is ten stars for phenomenal service!
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you!
I called the law firm late in the evening, Dwane Cates assisted me with questions that I had without an actual consultation. I texted him afterward letting him know I had excess questions due to my case being held the next day and was concerned. Again without hesitation he answered all my questions. The following day, I reached out to him once more (without retaining) he went out of his way. All around, very patient and a stand up attorney. Would highly recommended.
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Posted by Chris | February 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defense lawyer
I have so must trust in Mr Gates law firm and will show how my bad MS and brain don't make correct decisions. Please Dwayne law firm get my charges dropped and my brain can't handle jail time, but I will be happy for probation. My brain disease doesn't understand right from wrong Please fight as a bull for me and show I'm mental and MS is the worth brain disease on making decions not knowing what is right or wrong. Take the court system down for me Mr. Case. God bless !!!.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2018
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Thank you Dwane Cates law group and Tomasz Lichwala
I'm extremely happy with the out come I received from the Duane Cates law group. The team is professional and precise when dealing with your case. I went there with a very serious life changing type of case. The law firm quickly reassured me and let me know that everything was going to be alright and they were going to face the situation head on. One individual that I have to give credit to is Mr.Tomasz Lichwala. The support that he gave me and the quality of the work he did on my case can't even be put into words. Hes a true warrior in the court room and even the judge express what type of dedication he has for his craft. He went above and beyond with my case and for that I can't express enough gratitude. If you're looking for a good law office go with Duane Cates law group and if you want one of the best lawyers in AZ, ask for Tomasz Lichwala.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Provided sound advice
Mr Cates listened to my situation carefully and provided the advice I required. No fuss, no drama just good service b
Posted by Amonte | June 23, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Remarkable Support
Immediately after speaking with Mr. Cates concerning my ordeal, I felt a great level of relief concerning my situation. Mr. Cates is extremely knowledgeable and professional and his expertise is unparalleled. He answered all of my questions in a remarkable manner and showed me the best of support! Thank you, Mr. Cates and I am looking forward to working with you again in the future!
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Posted by Mary | May 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You!
My husband was stopped in Apache county with 2 other guys, they were charged with 9 counts of fraud. I live in Florida, and found Dwane through google, and till this day this has been the best search of my life. Being far from my husband was hard enough, not to mention the stress of the case; but Dwane made it easy and understandable, he was always reachable at all times which gave me a peace of mind, all my questions were answered and i couldn't have asked for a better outcome. My husband was only charged with one count of Fraud, and received 4 years probation, he was also able to come back down to Florida. The other 2 guys weren't so lucky, they didn't have the best representation like i Did!! Trust me when i say if you want something done right this is your guy, thank you Dwane for everything you did for us!!
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Posted by David | May 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional
Being charged with 3 felonies and having 5 prior felonies I was looking at possibly serving the rest of my life in prison. My wife hired Mr. Cates to handle my bond hearing and right from the start Mr. Cates got my bond reduced so I could bond out. After meeting with Mr. Cates and him telling me he was a No bull crap kind of lawyer he would tell me like it is and this is the exactly (the kind of guy I am) then I knew he was the attorney for this case. His retainer and fee was vey reasonable, actually I think he did us a favor on what he charged us. Well first I instructed Mr. Cates I needed as much time as possible out on bond to be able to get my house in order and this he has done to perfection. We started off with a very long sentenced offered as a plea bargain to which Mr. Cates advised me to turn down which we did. Mr. Cates and his team kept battling. His team and investigator is the best that money can buy and are very passionate about the work they do. Long story short we are at the end of this case to where I will get a very short prison term to serve and this is a victory but Mr. Cates and his team are upset that I didn’t get a better outcome. From where we started in this to where we are today I have informed Mr. Cates and his team that they won this case and are winners in my book. I would highly recommend Dwane Cates Law Group to anyone that needs a lawyer no matter how small or bad your Charges are. You case will be handled with professionalism and most important part is you will be treated as a human being and a person not just a case number from everyone on his team. Thank You Dwane Cates Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!!
After a long almost 3 years this man helped my dad beat his case. They beat 6 out of 7 charges and the seventh one was dismissed. Even though this case took forever Dwane Cates stayed very positive and never gave up or lost interest. I highly recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Chuck | April 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr Cates & partners
He & his associate s gave quality feedback, even on a misdemeanor ticket. They seem to be fluent in multiple languages, they took time to explain many avenues & outcomes, even on a very minor case. The free consultation was time well spent, and thier quote, was very affordable! I'd highly recommend.
Posted by Elaine | August 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome!
I was very impressed by the staff at Dwayne Cates Lawgroup. They were compassionate and very easy to work with. They answered their cell phones, returned messages promptly, and were easy to communicate with. Tomasz Lichwala is a SUPER STAR!! He handled our case personally and was a fierce advocate for our family. I am very happy with his work!
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Posted by Ewing | February 2, 2017
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Criminal self defense
Excellent and worth every penny without a doubt. This is the guy you want on your side. I am extremely confident in his abilities and he got me out of the worse situation one can imagine living in Phoenix, AZ. 10 out 10. And to tell you the truth, I fired my last attorney. Mr. Cates and his team took care of me from the very moment they signed on. I really really am indebted to Mr Cates and his team.
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Posted by Thomas | November 15, 2016
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Outstanding Client Service!
I was charged with a DUI in in AZ and I hired Mr. Cates to handle my case. My god he made the whole process feel less scary, and he was there to talk about all of the "what ifs" which made me feel like he cared more about me than just my money. Hopefully I never have to have Mr. Cates represent me ever again, but if I do need an attorney he is the first person I will always call!
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Posted by Deborah | June 14, 2016
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Consumate Professional
Mr. Cates made a difficult situation much more palatable with his thorough explanations and his reassuring demeanor. His availability and dedication made us much more confident in a positive outcome, which he achieved. We could not have asked for more. He is a consummate professional. Thank you, Mr. Cates, from our entire family.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2016
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Saved my son
My son was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana. Dwane not only got the charges reduced he helped my son turned his life around.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • DwaneCates.Com, PLLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Cates & Garvey Law Group, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Dwane Cates Law Group, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Managing Partner
  • Cates & Sargeant Law Group, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Managing Partner (founder)
  • Cates, Hanson, Sargeant & Schoenau, PLC
  • 1997 - 2010
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Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Arizona State University
  • Bachelors Degree
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Davis
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Lonon
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Mathews
  • Not Guilty after a full Jury Trial
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Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section
  • 2017 - 2020
  • American Bar Association
  • Member Criminal Law Section
  • 2000 - 2022
  • American Association for Justice, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Polish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Accredited
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • Most Visits to a Homeless Shelter
  • Homeless Legal Assistance Project
  • 1998
  • Most Visits to a Homeless Shelter
  • Homeless Legal Assistance Project
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Essentials: How to Survive in the Criminal Courts.
  • Arizona Criminal Court Systems
  • 2018
  • "Working With Domestic Violence" Origins, Impact, Solutions
  • Legal Implications of Domestic Violence
  • 2018
  • Courtroom Challenges: Exculpatory Evidence and Actual Misconduct
  • Prosecutor Misconduct
  • 2015
  • Noon Lunch Group
  • Drug Crimes and DUI experiences
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (10)
Endorse Dwane
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Cates. Dwane is an experienced, professional attorney who has vast knowledge of the criminal justice system. He has been getting great results for quite some time."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their dedication to their clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dwane is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable, organized and an experienced and aggressive trial attorney. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Other
"I met this lawyer at NACDL's Forensic Science CLE recently and was struck by his passion for the system and his actions doing the talking, namely http://www.courtminutes.maricopa.gov/docs/Criminal/032014/m6194627.pdf."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dwane is a tireless advocate for his clients. As a result of his dedication and drive to provide the best representation possible, Dwane obtains incredible and positive outcomes for his clients usually far beyond their expectations."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Dwane Cates for several years as a partner in a law firm. He is a skilled negotiator and attorney. I have seen him obtain amazing results for clients in his criminal practice. He takes every case to heart and works for the best results for his clients. I would highly recommend him for any criminal manner."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dwane is a tremendously dedicated attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients and is a true zealous advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dwane is an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer. His years of trial work make him very knowledgeable in the criminal world."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cates is a tremendous attorney. He’s a tenacious defender of liberty. He cares about his clients. I’d hire him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Dwane Cates is a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney. I have worked for him professionally and had the privilege of watching his work for many years. He has a brilliant legal mind and it is an honor to have him as my mentor. Dwane does a tremendously effective job for his clients. The best of the best. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cates has a wonderful reputation, only exceeded by his courtroom presence. I would recommend him to anyone!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dwane Cates brings enthusiasm and innovative defenses to every case I have seen him involved in. His success in plea bargains is outstanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I currently work for Dwane Cates and have observed the incredible work ethic with which he addresses his work. He listens to each one of his clients and approaches each case with a unique client oriented goal. He is always professional and friendly. He has developed many great relationships throughout the legal community which is a testament to his character as a person. I have spoken with many of his former clients who have expressed that to me that they were extremely satisfied with the services that they received from Dwane Cates."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dwane and I have handled very serious criminal matters together. I do not hesitate at all to endorse his work and his entire office. We both practice criminal defense and I respect his experience and attention to detail."
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