Dwane Cates Law Group, PLLC

Phoenix, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

We are very experienced and pride ourselves on customer service. Every client has the cell phone of their assigned lawyer and the cell phone of the managing partner and the Office manager. We also visit our clients in jail on a regular basis.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We enjoy helping people. When someone comes into our office they are usually experiencing the worst time of their life. Being charged with a crime can be life changing. I enjoy helping people experience the least amount of damage to their lives.


Phoenix, AZ 85020

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13 Reviews
  • Sallie L. Aug 9, 2016
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    After having the proverbial knock on the door in the middle of the night.... in the wee hours Friday morning, we were caught in a whirlwind trying to find an Experienced, Criminal Defense attorney who was Available for a Saturday preliminary hearing Saturday night at 8:00p.m. in Tucson. It is not a time to trust Google... reviewed Many "recommended" lawyers who proved to be proficient only in marijuana and dui case law. Came across Dwane Cates name which was an answer to prayer! He was not only qualified and available, but Willing to jump in to represent our family member on very Short notice. We are extremely grateful for his services, time and energy.
  • Ruby N. Aug 8, 2016
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
  • Clavel W. Jan 5, 2016
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
  • John H. Dec 11, 2015
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
  • JD B. Sep 15, 2015
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    Jana Macic is the best attorney I've ever had and I've had 100s. She knows how to work the system when its right and fight the system when its wrong. My felony for something I did not do just disappeared.
  • Eryka G. Aug 21, 2015
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
  • Joann B. Jul 20, 2014
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    Verified Review
    The staff and Mr.Cates were kind,caring. They realize this may be the most difficult time of one's life. They immediately let me know I am not alone. I was very impressed not only with Mr. Cates but also with the staff.
  • Forrest D. Apr 20, 2014
    Dwane was great, and I would recommend him to anyone. I had a basic non-exciting case and he treated me the same as his big cases that were in the press. I won my case!
  • Michael B. Feb 25, 2014
    I was strictly charged with a felony for an incident involving my 4 month old son. Dwane worked with me for 7 months to get this matter resolved. He was professional, had a good working relationship with both the prosecutor, judge and anyone else involved with my case. His team was outstanding in coming together for my cause. They kept me up to day along the way and I really felt that they were truly my advocate. Dwane ended up getting my charge down from a felony to a misdemeanor with just probation. He's quick on his feet and I felt that he really cared for me and my family.
  • Rennee D. Feb 20, 2014
    Dwane Cates is an attorney who will do everything possible to defend his Clients. He doesn't just stop at the minimum required...He explores every avenue within a case including challenging factual bases as well as exploring mitigation to work towards the best possible outcome. He is well versed in the complexities with the Arizona statutes and he has built positive relationships within the judicial community giving him an additional edge in providing the best defense. He is truly passionate about his role in representing his Clients.
  • Judy S. Feb 15, 2014
    We couldn’t have been more satisfied with the professional help we received from Dwane Cates. His legal advice was sound, his communication throughout our process was thorough and timely, and his fees were more than fair. Dwane did us a great service and didn’t charge us anything over and above, even when he could have. He and his office staff were always sincere, helpful and there for us anytime we needed to call on them. I would highly recommend this lawyer to anyone seeking legal advice in his field of expertise. Thank you, Dwane and team.
  • Heather V. Feb 14, 2014
    This firm has changed my outlook on dealing with attorneys. Through the course of my dealings with Cates & Sargeant Law Group I never felt that my best interest was compromised or that I was unable to voice any concerns. They were professional yet still personable and I refer the firm to people every chance I get. Thank you for making a horrible situation tolerable. My family and I really appreciate it.
  • Robert A. Feb 9, 2014
    Mr. Cates, has done a variety of legal work for me over the last 8 years. He is has always been personable, available and fair. His staff is very friendly and knowledgeable especially Denessa. I would recommend this law firm especially Mr. Cates for your legal needs.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and I attend seminars on various aspects of Criminal Defense. I am required to attend 15 hours a year, buy I attend much more.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We generally charge a flat fee for a charge. That fee depends on how complicated the case is. In most major felony cases we charge a trial fee of $2500.00-$3000.00 per day.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was working as a salesperson. I went back to school later in life and attended Arizona State University and studied Communication with an emphasis on persuasion. Upon graduation I was either going to be a jury consultant or go to law school. Law school won out and now I argue to the jury.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Mostly criminal defense, including all major felonies. I also handle probation violations and civil forfeiture cases. My practice includes some wrongful death litigation and sexual harassment claims with the EEOC.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A young man was wrongfully charged with 7 counts of child molestation. He was facing 7 life sentences. After Nine months of fighting, the charges were dismissed and an innocent man set free. INNOCENT PEOPLE GET CHARGED WITH CRIMES.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your research and talk to a couple of lawyers. See how you are treated by their staff. See how hard it is to get a hold of the lawyer on the phone. Look at their office and get a feel for the environment. This will give you some idea of how you will be treated later.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming. I was taught to work hard and be honest. I do both.