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Benjamin Ray Cates

Criminal defense Attorney at Temecula, CA

5.0   29 reviews

also known as Ben Cates


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About Benjamin

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Former United States Marine, now fighting for you to protect your freedom and rights.
Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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Cates Law Office - Temecula Location
43460 Ridge Park Dr., Suite 200F
Temecula, CA, 92590

Reviews

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Posted by Mario | December 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer for our case
Mr. Cates is on top of his game! My stepson was accused of sexually assault in Riverside . Which really was the family of his girlfriend making stories up. Five years later it was dismissed! Ben always knew the DA office game. He was always there when we had questions. With his knowledge and experience we felt comfortable with him. Our family would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2019
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The best choice!
Ben by far is the best Attorney I have hired. As a mom of a defendant he made me feel so comfortable through the whole process, he was honest and calm which is exactly what this nervous mother needed. He kept his word and explained every detail step by step through the process. The outcome was better than we imagined it would be. I thank God he was with us in the courtroom and would reccomend him to anyone in our situation. Highly experienced and a top notch Attorney!
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Posted by Xochitl | May 14, 2018
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Client
Benjamin is an excellent attorney. Resolved my case in less than a month. He took care of everything himself; not once did I have to make a court appearance. He is extremely friendly and very easy to talk to. He answers any questions you may have and explains everything very well. He got me the results I wanted and desperately needed. I was extremely satisfied with his services. Would definitely recommend.
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Posted by Chris | April 27, 2018
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Great lawyer
Ben Cates represented me in 2017 in a multiple felonies' case. I only did 3 months in county jail. He's a great lawyer and a good humbled man. He was always at my court dates even when ill. Well worth it.
Posted by Jose | August 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always Faithful
I contacted him to get my probation modified. Ben did better then that, Ben got my probation terminated and had my record expunged. Ben was in constant contact with me, keeping me up to date on the status of the case. Ben appeared on my behalf at the hearing. I felt confident having Ben representing me. You are in good hands with him handling your case.
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Posted by Charles | April 27, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Ben worked very hard to get me an amazing deal on a complicated DUI/drug case. He gave me a very affordable rate and was extremely communicative and helpful Iin every way. I cannot say enough about how dedicated he was throughout my 2-year case. I ended up with a great outcome and highly recommend him.
Posted by Jorge | April 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Look no where else Ben is the best!!!
I was looking at 3-5 years for a felony dui and Ben kept me out of jail! And got the charges dropped to a misdemeanor. He was very professional and answered all my questions and was always available. Look no where else Ben is the perfect lawyer to defend you!
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very thorough and caring
I called Ben Cates' office in a panic. My husband and I had contacted other offices but they were very vague and we never actually got to speak with a lawyer. Ben himself called me back right away after I left a message at his office and spoke with me about our case! I didn't feel rushed at all, he made me feel like he really cared to give us as much info as he could about what we should do. He even gave us advice against what that another office had told us to do and went into detail as to why we shouldn't do it. He gave us tips and my peace of mind back which was something I hadn't had in quite a while. I can't say enough about this lawyer and that's just from an over the phone consultation! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Fernando | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Benjamin did his job without any flaws representing me, I highly recommend him!
Posted by eric | October 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Life Saver
My case was not looking good. I was looking at prison time for felony DUI. Out of all the attorneys I consulted with he was the only one who gave me hope and made me feel comfortable. He was also the only attorney to not hear the DMV hearing over the phone, but in person. Of which he won, getting my license with no restrictions. I didn't have to spend a day in jail thanks to Ben. He is the real deal.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
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A client who admires and respect Mr. Cates the most.
Mr. Cates is an Outstanding Attorney. Beside his extremely knowledge and diligence, he always treated his client with cares, compassion and thoughtfulness. Mr. Cates always listened to his client patiently and responsed to the phone calls and texts as soon as possible. Mr. Cates also keeps all of the informations up-to-date for his client right after he left the Court house. If anyone ever needs a great Lawyer to protect you, I strongly recommend that you should call Mr. Cates Benjamin's office immediately. Your life will be saved. I don't have enough words to describe how much I admire Mr. Cates excellent knowledge and his wonderful personality... All I could say is: "Mr. Cates, I sincerely admire you, respect you and deeply appreciate your help and your support". Best Regards,
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2016
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Thanks for your help!
I would recommend Mr. Cates to anyone needing a Lawyer who will stand by you till the job is finished. Thank you so much Mr. Cates and Rosie too for all your help!
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superlative attorney who delivers
Ben is an amazing attorney as well as a wonderful individual. My fiance was being charged with crimes that he did not commit. After contacting several attorneys throughout the IE and hearing their outlandish fees, things began to look bleak. I began thinking that several years of jail time were going to be my fiances only option. Luckily, however, I stumbled across Ben on Avvo. Before giving him a call, I thought for sure he was going to be like all the other attorney's who I had spoken to previously. They were all willing to help, but only for an insanely high fee. Despite this, I trekked forward and gave him a call. That call ended up being the best decision I have ever made. From the get go Ben was nothing more than helpful and reassuring. He got all of my questions answered and guaranteed that he would fight hard to get the false charges against my fiance dropped, and he delivered. Not only that, but Ben went as far as helping me with a immensely affordable payment plan that no other attorney was able to offer. I would highly recommend Ben to any individual that happens to stumble in life. He is of the utmost integrity, professionalism, and all in all a superlative individual. Thank you Ben for all you did and continue to do!
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Very Good Lawyer
I made the mistake of getting a DUI; it was a very nerve racking and stressful time for me. Ben handled my case and minimized it as much as he could - ultimately it was my fault but comprises were offered because of Ben's involvement. I am grateful to have had him on my team. Was knowledgeable with handling the case; extremely sincere; and always willing to take the time to explain in detail questions I had. Thank you, Ben!
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Posted by Rachel | October 1, 2015
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Thanks Ben
Benjamin Cates represented me in a criminal case that lasted a year and a half. It was my first "run in" with the law, so I had no idea how to go about dealing with any court proceedings. Ben took over my case and handled every single appearance for me for the entire 1yr&1/2, and finally got my case handled and closed. He updated me each time and kept me knowledgable about what was going to happen. He also gave me options instead of forcing me to do something. Overall, he stuck with me, and made the court process as easy as possible for me to deal with. I'm very happy with his representation and would hire him again if need be. Thanks for all your help Ben!
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Posted by Amy | June 4, 2015
EXCELLENT attorney
Ben Cates is comfortable in the courtroom. He knows the law, and spends the time doing research. Ben listened to what i wanted and fought to make it happen. All matters were well explained allowjng me to make informed decisions. I would recommend Ben Cates to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney
Posted by Ricardo | April 18, 2015
Great Attorney
Ben was a great guy and excellent attorney. He got my DMV hearing set aside which got me no suspension on my license. He was there to answer all of my questions and knew how to handle my case. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends or Co workers. Thank you Ben for all your hard work on my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2015
DUI Client
I was wrongly accused for a DUI which resulted in an arrest But with Bens expertise and determination under Michael Scaffiddis firm I've been able to plea down and get on with my life now. Words can never describe the gratitude I have for Ben and all that was involved in my case. Again Thank You So Much. However
Posted by Ron | March 4, 2015
Colleague
Ben Cates is an excellent attorney. He never walks into court unprepared. He will fight a case with everything he has. I am proud to work along side Ben. Watching him prep a recent trial, I was struck by all the attention to detail he gave every aspect of his defense. Great lawyer. Better guy
Posted by Andrew | February 24, 2015
A trustworthy lawyer you can actually depend on!
About 2 years ago I made the horrible mistake of getting a DUI. It was a horrible time for me and I will never do that again. When I hired Ben at the Michael A. Scafiddi law offices this was the one bit of hope that I had because due to some case circumstances he was able to get my DUI completely dismissed! This was such a great relief and I could not have done this with out his insight and advice as to the rights and legal capabilities I had available to me. I can't thank him enough!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Benjamin Cates
  • 2015 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of San Bernardino, Inc.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Michael A. Scafiddi, Inc.
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Clerk
  • Law Offices of Aaron L. Turner
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Sergeant
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1994 - 2000
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Education

  • California Southern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Third DUI
  • License retained
  • Peo. v. Mike D.
  • Wet Reckless
  • Peo v. Jose R.
  • Misdemeanor Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • DUI Certificate
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2015
  • DUI Certificate
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • In house training
  • DUI Law at the DMV
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (19)
Endorse Benjamin
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben is a great attorney with a stellar reputation throughout the legal community. He is respected by Judges, Prosecutors and the Defense Bar throughout Southern California. Mr. Cates truly cares about each and every one of his clients and it shows by the hard work and dedication he puts into each and every case. I without hesitation would recommend him as a great attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Cates. He fights to protect the rights of his clients and understands the importance and the need for justice. He is a true asset to the practice of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is the consummate professional and truly cares for his clients. Ben is extremely quick on his feet and is always up to date on the latest case law. Ben is always prepared for whatever hearing, negotiation or trial is coming up and is not afraid to think outside of the box. I highly recommend Ben Cates for all those seeking a competent criminal defense attorney - his clients are lucky to have him on their team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben stands out as a lawyer who is passionate about what he does. In a profession where so many lawyers have lost that zeal, it is refreshing to work alongside him in the courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Friend
"Over the years Ben and I have discussed many cases together. I am honored to call him a friend and you would be honored to call him your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben Cates is an excellent attorney and a credit to our profession. He just completed a trial, and it was amazing to see the time he put in to make sure the client received great representation. Ben Cates is an excellent attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cates is extremely knowledgable inthe areas of criminal defense, DMV hearings, as well as appeals and writs. Mr. Cates is dedicated to his clients and always gives everything he can when defending them. He works with the team to ensure the best resolution possible. I would recommend Mr. Cates to anyone seeking representation who Is facing with criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ben Cates since our days in law school together. Ben was always a strong student who took his studies seriously. He now has that same commitment to becoming the best lawyer he can be. He is very knowledgeable, experienced, and a very good lawyer. I fully endorse Benjamin Cates as a lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse Ben Cates. He is personable, quick-witted, and has a tireless work ethic. He is well respected by both sides of the bar, and commands respect whenever he sets foot in a courtroom. He is very effective lawyer because he is always prepared, knows the nuances of the law, and is able to adapt his legal strategies to fit specific clients and specific courts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to get to know Ben Cates over the past several years. He is a confident and very knowledgeable attorney, who is willing to work until the job is complete. Along with being able to think quickly on his feet, he is also intellectually gifted and able to explore novel approaches to complex areas of law. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Benjamin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Cates for about 4 years and he is an excellent attorney with a lot of experience in the Riverside/San Bernardino courts. A respected, dedicated attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben Cates is my friend. He is a fine lawyer. We tried an attempted murder case together. His background as a Marine was invaluable, as the case involved a former Marine--our client, and all of the witnesses were in the military. Ben knew things that I did not. He saw things that I could not. He is hard-working, dedicated to perfection, and will not be defeated."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Cates for several months and have had the opportunity to observe his work both in and out of court. He is extremely experienced and skilled with the DMV administrative process, and is a master of DMV-related writs and appeals. In the criminal courts, he is a zealous and knowledgable advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben Cates is the go-to lawyer for any issues involving the DMV, APS hearings, writs and appeals. He knows the system inside and out and gets terrific results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ben Cates is an attorney I can always count on for help and advice.He is very knowledgeable about criminal defense law and exemplifies what it means to be a "zealous advocate". He truly cares about the clients and their needs, and he will to go great lengths in ensuring everything that could be done, was indeed carried out. I consider him a great mentor and a friend. I highly endorse Ben."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the pleasure of working with Ben, who I consider a very talented and knowledgeable attorney. He certainly works for the best interest of our clients. His knowledge of the DMV hearing has led to very successful results for our clients. He extremely personable and well-liked by judges, attorneys and clients. I definately endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ben from the time he started law school. When you meet Ben you immediately notice that he has high energy , is intelligent and truly cares about people. Because of those skills I hired Ben to work in my office and it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my professional career. He is hard working and dedicated to our client and has a burning desire to win. Ben has won numerous DMV hearing for drivers and his legal work lead to the inadmissibility of a critical document used by DMV to take away client licenses. This resulted in set asides (wins) for numerous clients of our office as well as clients for other attorneys whom we shared the information with. Ben continually looks for innovative ways to help his clients. I am proud to say that Ben works for my office but more importantly I am proud of his amazing growth as a lawyer. I strongly endorse Ben Cates !"
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