Dwane Cates

Arizona State Bar

About Dwane Cates

I am certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Criminal law. I have been practicing Criminal law in Arizona for over 21 years. I was recently awarded "Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year" (Tom Karis Criminal Justice Award) by the State Bar of Arizona. We also have extensive experience in Mental Health and Addiction issues in Criminal law cases. Myself and my associates travel throughout Arizona representing clients in various criminal matters, including Murder, Manslaughter, Negligent Homicide, Assault, Aggravated Assault, all drug crimes including transportation for sale of large quantities of cocaine and marijuana. We travel to Kingman, Yuma, Prescott, Holbrook, Bisbee, Flagstaff. any court in Arizona. I have appeared on Tru TV (Court TV), Fox News, CNN, HLN, CNBC and many local news stations as a legal expert and commentator. To see clips go to my YouTube channel at My team is dedicated to protecting the rights of people accused of crimes.


Work experience

Arizona State Bar
Executive Committee Criminal Law Section | 2021 - Present
Dwane Cates Law Group, PLLC
Managing Partner | Dec 2012 - Jan 2020
Cates & Sargeant Law Group, PLLC
Managing Partner | 2010 - 2013
I formed a new law firm concentrating on Criminal and civil Law. Give me a call for any of you legal needs.


Arizona State University
Juris Doctorate (1996), Trial Advocacy Team and Oral Argument Competitions
Arizona State University
B.A. (1993), Communication, Persuasion | 1991 - 1993
Honors: Suma Cum Laude


Tom Karis Criminal Justice Award
State Bar f Arizona | 2019
State Bar of Arizona | 2017
Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell | 2016


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