Cates & Garvey Law Group, PLLC

Kingman Criminal Defense Attorney

Have you been arrested for a criminal offense?

An arrest on a criminal charge can be one of the most challenging occurrences that can happen to an individual. The criminal justice system is both confusing and frightening, especially those who have never been charged with a crime before. Often a person will trust that their innocence will get them through without having to use an attorney, but this can be a deadly mistake, leaving many sitting in jail when they are in fact innocent of any crime. A skilled Kingman criminal defense lawyer should be contacted immediately after an arrest. Beginning your defense early on can make a difference in the outcome of your case.

At Cates & Garvey Law Group, PLLC., we are a team of lawyers who care about our clients and work diligently to get them as strong a defense as possible. With over 20 years of experience in the state and federal court systems here in Arizona, we are a firm that can be trusted and relied on to be there for you when you need it most. Our firm has extensive experience in and out of the court room, so can fight for you through tough negotiations on a plea bargain, dismissal or at trial if necessary. Our goal is to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

Types of Cases We Handle:

Our team of Kingman criminal defense attorneys is ready to assist you with whatever type of criminal charges you may be facing. If you are charged with a DUI in Arizona, even a first time offender can face thousands of dollars in fines or jail time. If you are charged with a type of drug crimes for possessing, selling or distributing any type of illegal drug, your offense may be classified as a federal crime. The legal team at Cates & Garvey Law Group, PLLC., also has years of experience helping those convicted of sex crimes, theft crimes, violent crimes and white collar crimes, so contact us for the quality legal assistance you need!

Prescription Fraud

The increase in the illegal use of prescription drugs has grown exponentially in recent years, and lawmakers have responded with increased penalties.


A person who operates a vehicle or boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may experience impaired control and perception, often leading to an accident.

Federal Crimes

It isn’t unusual for an individual to feel intimidated on discovering that he or she is being investigated or is being arrested for federal crimes.

Sex Crimes

With the overload of media attention given to various sex crimes in its’ unending search for sensation, legislators, prosecutors and law enforcement alike have jumped on the band wagon….

Theft Crimes

Being accused of theft or arrested for theft is a shocking experience which leaves a person with a great many unanswered questions and uncertainties.

Violent Crimes

There are great efforts being made by law enforcement in the Prescott area to reduce the number of violent crimes in the area, and if you have been arrested and charged with such a crime….

White Collar Crimes

Our current economic downturn has resulted in an upsurge in the instances of white collar crime arrests, and many individuals are suffering from the fear of conviction of a serious federal offense.

Drug Crimes

The state of Arizona is especially harsh on those convicted of drug crimes. Arizona is known as a “gateway” state, meaning that there is a large flow of drugs from Mexico to the rest of the United States through Arizona. If you are convicted of illegal drug possession or possession for sale, you could end up losing your assets, personal property and real estate. Authorities take into consideration the amount of the drug, the type of illegal drug as well as where the offense occurred in order to determine the severity of penalties. If you have been charged with drug sales or distribution, it is likely that you will face an unsympathetic court and a vicious prosecutor. An experienced criminal defense lawyer is invaluable during this trying time in your life. Contact one of the skilled lawyers at our firm for assistance and legal representation if you are facing any of the following drug charges: manufacturingtraffickingimportation or cultivation.

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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Kingman, Arizona: Experience Counts

Challenge the Charges and Fight Potential Penalties

  • Steep fines
  • Loss of your driver’s license
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Restitution to the victims
  • Mandatory drug or alcohol treatment and classes
  • Forfeiture of property
  • Jail or prison time

Even after conviction and your sentence complete, you risk difficulties in finding employment, housing, loans and higher insurance rates for those convicted of drug or alcohol crimes. Your best option is to fight your charges from the beginning with the strong defense team from our office.


What Our Client Have To Say About Us

After crossing the CA/AZ border in Yuma, AZ, I was detained by the Border Patrol when it was discovered that I had a marijuana pipe in my car. I contacted Mr. Cates, an AZ criminal attorney who took my case. His expertise and professionalism, as well as his staff’s professionalism were amazing. Mr. Cates took complete charge and worked diligently on my behalf for several months and was able to have my case dismissed. If you have any type of criminal matter that needs the attention of an outstanding Arizona criminal attorney Mr. Cates is the only one I would recommend. In retrospect his fees where an excellent value in light of the fact that I will not be subject to a criminal record.

I was on a road trip going from Ca to AZ and got caught at the border patrol inspection center in Yuma. I received a citation for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia with the court date attached. I immediately contacted Mr. Cates and his law office for help. The staff there are very knowledgeable and respond quickly to any phone calls or emails regarding the case. Mr. Cates was able to get my case dismissed, with all charges dropped. I’m amazed in how short of time he was able to get it taken care of for me. I would not hesitate to hire Mr. Cates; he is a very experienced and responsive lawyer that provides excellent results!!

My husband retained Mr. Cates in Oct. 2010 after he was arrested and wrongfully charged with possession of marijuana and transportation of marijuana for sale. Both charges were serious F2 felony violations and to add fuel to the fire my husband was not a “legal” U.S. citizen (but was in the process of obtaining legal status). Upon contacting Mr. Cates he was very confident he could be of assistance and very knowledgeable of the law. I’ll admit after 2 1/2 months my husband and I became a bit pessimistic about the outcome of the case but Mr. Cates always assured me he was putting for a valiant effort. Well needless to say I received a call from Mr. Cates assistant on 2/15/11 stating the charges against my husband were being dropped!!! Mr. Cates remained confident the state’s case was weak and he would go to bat for us. I say if you need a good criminal defense attorney PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL MR. CATES!! HE CANNOT WORK “MAGIC” BUT HE WILL DO HIS BEST TO ENSURE FAIR & JUST OUTCOME.

My ex-fiancé who came here on a fiancé visa that was about to expire made false accusations of child molestations against me. Probably out of her hurt feelings because I explained to her that I was not going to get married with her anymore and probably also because someone had advised her to make these accusations because there is a special visa category for “victims of a crime”. She was expecting permanent legal residency as a result of her false accusations.

This was like a nightmare for me and I could not believe that it was actually happening. I quickly learned that it is very easy for an innocent man to land in jail in these cases and i understood that I needed an experienced AZ attorney for Criminal Law. I could not sleep anymore in the night and was expecting the police anytime to come to arrest me. Dwane Cates knew what he had to do and sent me to an expert for polygraph tests. He was very friendly, professional and had reasonable fees. The polygraph test showed that I was saying the truth and I was never arrested or officially charged with anything. If someone would ask me for advice who to consult in a Criminal Law matter in Arizona, Dwane would be my first recommendation.

I retained Dwane Cates when charged with 6 felony counts by Yuma County. Dwane and his assistants were very responsive, knowledgeable and informative. I am very satisfied Dwane pled my case down to 2 misdemeanors (conditional felonies until i complete my unsupervised probation). Needless to say i would highly recommend Dwane Cates.

Customer Service Policy
We practice law the old fashioned way; by putting the client first. Our attorneys and support staff understand the importance of staying in frequent communication with our clients, and we are always willing to provide up-to-the-minute information on the status of our clients’ legal matters. We pride ourselves on offering personal service. We are small enough that you are a person to us, not just a case or file number.