Defending Your Rights, Securing Your Future

Empower Clients Facing Legal Challenges Through Strategic Defense and Advocacy for Favorable Outcomes

Criminal Defense Attorneys in California, Oregon & Washington

At FORKNER, ORLANDO & ECHEVARRIA, we specialize in providing top-tier legal consultation and representation for criminal defense cases. Our team comprises highly dedicated, skilled, and experienced advocates deeply committed to safeguarding your legal rights. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, we vigorously defend your case, tailoring our strategies to ensure the best possible outcomes for you.

Areas of Practice

We offer comprehensive legal services across a range of practice areas. Our experienced team provides adept legal representation in various matters, including:

Domestic Violence

Protecting individuals facing allegations of domestic violence with compassionate and strategic legal guidance.

Drug Crimes

Defending clients against drug-related charges with thorough understanding and advocacy.

DUI Defense

Assisting individuals charged with DUI offenses to navigate the legal process and minimize consequences.

Federal Crimes

Skillfully representing clients in federal court proceedings with meticulous attention to detail.

Juvenile Defense

Advocating for the rights of juveniles involved in the legal system to ensure fair treatment and positive outcomes.

Theft Crimes

Providing strong defense strategies for clients accused of theft-related offenses.

Violent Crimes

Offering steadfast legal representation for individuals facing charges of violent crimes.


Handling homicide cases with sensitivity, expertise, and a commitment to justice.

Gang Offenses

Defending against allegations of gang-related activities with a focus on protecting rights and securing favorable outcomes.

Organized Retail Theft

Assisting clients accused of organized retail theft with proactive defense strategies.

Gun Charges

Protecting the rights of individuals facing gun-related charges through strategic legal counsel and advocacy.

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Why Choose Us

  • Benefit from the expertise of knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyers.
  • Count on us to handle state, federal, and juvenile cases with skill and diligence.
  • Receive fierce representation from seasoned trial lawyers committed to your defense.
  • Leverage over 50 years of combined experience for your legal needs.
  • Enjoy 24/7 availability and take advantage of our free consultations.
  • Access Spanish-speaking providers to ensure effective communication and support.

Serving Clients in Stanislaus, Fresno, Sacramento Counties, Merced & San Joaquin

Our criminal defense attorneys understand the challenges that criminal charges can pose to your life. Whether you're facing a first-offense DUI or your children are facing juvenile crime charges, we recognize the sudden and overwhelming stress you may be experiencing. In moments of crisis, our firm stands ready to provide the steadfast representation you require.

Expertise and Dedication

Our founding attorney holds the esteemed title of Certified Criminal Law Specialist, conferred by the California State Bar of Legal Specialization. This prestigious certification denotes expertise and dedication beyond standard licensure requirements, signifying a commitment to excellence through rigorous examination, specialized experience, ongoing education, and commendation from peers within the legal community.

Steadfast Support in Crisis

In moments of crisis, our firm stands ready to provide the steadfast representation you require. Our adept attorneys boast extensive experience in handling a diverse array of state and federal cases, ranging from routine to complex. Whether you're facing arrest, formal charges, or ongoing investigations, our Modesto criminal defense lawyers are here to offer guidance and support.

Understanding the Role of a Criminal Attorney

A criminal defense attorney specializes in defending individuals accused of committing various crimes. They operate within both the state and federal court systems, representing clients facing a wide spectrum of charges, from minor offenses like traffic violations to severe crimes such as murder. These legal professionals provide crucial guidance on their clients' legal rights and available options, negotiate plea bargains when appropriate, gather evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and skillfully present arguments in court.

Criminal Record Can Hinder Your Future

Hiring a defense attorney is paramount if you've been arrested, given the severe and life-altering repercussions of a criminal conviction. A criminal record can hinder your employment prospects, housing opportunities, and international travel capabilities. Moreover, you might encounter substantial fines, probationary terms, and even imprisonment.

Benefits of Choosing Our Criminal Lawyer

By enlisting the services of our proficient criminal lawyer, you gain access to invaluable legal expertise and guidance essential for navigating California's intricate criminal justice system. Our team is dedicated to minimizing the potential consequences of your arrest while safeguarding your rights and ensuring a fair trial.

Empower Your Defense

Leverage our years of extensive practice and the expertise of our dedicated criminal law specialist, providing invaluable insight into your case. With a wealth of experience, we've successfully handled numerous arrests and charges, spanning from domestic violence crimes to drug offenses, theft crimes, and violent offenses like assault, battery, robbery, and homicides.

Our Approach

Our approach involves meticulous case preparation, ensuring we're fully equipped to pursue optimal outcomes on your behalf. Whether through skillful negotiations with the prosecutor or aggressive trial advocacy, we strive to achieve the best possible results for you.

Early Involvement

Our Modesto criminal defense attorneys believe in early involvement to provide you with comprehensive support from the investigation stage onward. We understand the anxiety and confusion investigations can bring, particularly when you're unsure of your rights. With our team by your side, we ensure fair treatment, protect your rights during questioning, and clarify any misconceptions that may arise.

Carefully Crafted Defense

Should charges be filed against you, we're prepared to devise a carefully crafted defense strategy based on a thorough understanding of your case. Our commitment remains unwavering, whether investigating your case, gathering and analyzing evidence, advocating for the removal of unfair evidence, securing favorable plea deals, or vigorously defending your innocence in court.

Book a Free Initial Consultation

No matter the stage of your case, count on us to provide unwavering support, strategic counsel, and relentless advocacy to safeguard your rights and achieve the best possible outcome. Get acquainted with our legal team and discover the ways we can assist you. Contact us for a complimentary initial consultation regarding your case at (209) 544-0200.