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Reliable Criminal Attorney in California

History

Robert L. Forkner and his staff understand that being arrested or charged with a crime is a frightening experience. A criminal charge or conviction can change your life, negatively affecting your family, your job, even your future employment prospects. In many cases, you could also face the loss of your freedom. It is our mission to aggressively and tenaciously defend our clients, even before the case reaches the courtroom. We emphasize commitment, efficient and personalized representation of diverse clients, and we do not compromise in our efforts to obtain favorable results.

The hiring of an attorney when you have been charged with a crime is an important decision that cannot be overstated. The risk and consequences of a criminal conviction are too serious and it is crucial to protect yourself by getting an experienced attorney.

Here, at the Law Offices of FO&E we will give you the information that you need to help you be more in command of your situation and make a more informed decision about how to proceed with your case.

Our clients choose this law firm because experience counts. Robert L. Forkner is a talented defense attorney with aggressive trial tactics and strategies. We make every effort to ensure the most effective action on your behalf. You will see his commitment and quality legal representation from your first consultation through the final resolution of your case.

Mr. Forkner’s experience brings a wealth of contacts and practical real-world handling of criminal defense cases: Trying dozens of criminal cases in Juvenile, State, and Federal Courts including Murder, Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery and other serious felonies. Handling everything from minor misdemeanors to complex drug and homicide cases for over 20 years.

Mr. Forkner, is a Criminal Law Specialist, and has a reputation for zealous and competent representation that satisfies his clients, appointed or otherwise. Our staff is committed to serving our clients and helping them through the challenges of criminal cases at every step.

Attorneys

ROBERT L. FORKNER

In 1997, Mr. Forkner opened The Law Offices of Robert L. Forkner. He currently manages and owns Forkner Orlando & Echevarria Law.

Mr. Forkner has been an attorney in California since 1993. (California State Bar Number 166097). He provides counsel on every type of criminal defense case, ranging from juvenile and dependency cases to homicides to complex multi-defendant drug and gang cases. From 1998 to present, he has been in private practice with an emphasis on criminal defense. He has been a certified Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 2000. As such, he is qualified and experienced in all manners of criminal cases including capital death penalty defenses.

Mr. Forkner has practiced in, and become familiar with criminal practices of almost every county in northern and central California as well as some in Southern California. 

He has practiced federal law in multiple districts and courts. Mr. Forkner has practiced and litigated administrative law in the following areas and disciplines: Social Security benefits, school disciplinary actions, Department of Real Estate Licensing, Dental Board licensing, Nursing Board Licensing, Alcohol Beverage Control, Bureau of Automotive Repair, Department of Education, Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Contracting Board.

Mr. Forkner has tried a large volume of criminal cases before juries and judges. Besides representing those accused in criminal complaints, Mr. Forkner has provided counsel in juvenile dependency cases, court conservatorships, family support, as well as witness immunity, testimonial agreements and civil litigation including civil jury trials.

He also has substantial experience being appointed to advise witnesses undergoing questioning under cross-examination.

Education

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    UNDER GRAD: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO, CALIFORNIA

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    DEGREE: BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

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    MAJOR: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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    LAW SCHOOL: GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA

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    AWARDS: DEAN'S LIST

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    DEGREE: 1993-DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE

Activities & Affiliations

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    CERTIFIED CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALIST- BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

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    MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR

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    MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS (NACDL)

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    MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEYS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CACJ)

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    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

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    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

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    UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

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    UNITED STATES DISTINCT COURT:SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

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PARTNER

PATRICIA A. ORLANDO

Ms. Orlando began her law career as a Deputy Public Defender for Stanislaus County. She then became an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Robert L. Forkner in Modesto, California. She is now a member of the law firm Forkner, Orlando & Echevarria. Ms. Orlando also has the delegated authority to handle cases in Mr. Forkner’s absence as necessary.

Education

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    UNDERGRADUATE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA

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    DEGREE: BACHELOR OF ARTS

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    MAJOR: POLITICAL SCIENCE WITH INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS EMPHASIS

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    LAW SCHOOL: NEW COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF LAW, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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    EMPHASIS: PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

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    DEGREE:1994-DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE

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    MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR

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    MEMBER OF CALIFORNIA ATTORNEYS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CACJ)

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    MEMBER OF CALIFORNIA PUBLIC DEFENDER'S ASSOCIATION (CPDA)

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    MEMBER OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS (NACDL)

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PARTNER

JULISSA ECHEVARRIA

Attorney with over 13-years legal experience, Ms. Eschevarria began working with the law offices of Robert L. Forkner in 2005 as a certified paralegal. Over the course of her employment she was trained and supervised by Robert L. Forkner to be a zealous and aggressive criminal defense attorney, preparing for and assisting in criminal state and federal jury trials before becoming and attorney. In 2016 she became a member of the law firm Forkner Orland & Echevarria because of her tenacious and successful use of analytical, investigative, organizational, negotiation, and courtroom litigation skills. Ms. Echevarria is a fluent Spanish speaker. She oversees cases from concept to conclusion. She also facilitates the firm's development, management, and team building. Ms. Echevarria also has the delegated authority to handle cases in Mr. Forkner’s absence as necessary.

Education

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    UNDER GRADUATE: HUMPHREYS COLLEGE, MODESTO, CA

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    DEGREE:ASSOCIATE IN ARTS & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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    MAJOR: POLITICAL SCIENCE & PARALEGAL STUDIES

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    LAW SCHOOL: HUMPHREYS COLLEGE/LAWERENCE DRIVON SCHOOL OF LAW, STOCKTON, CA

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    DEGREE:DOCTORATE OF JURISPRUDENCE

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    MAJOR: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Activities & Affiliations

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    MEMBER OF UNITED STATES EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

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    MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

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    MEMBER OF CALIFORNIA ATTORNEYS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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    MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

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    MEMBER OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

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    MEMBER OF CALIFORNIA YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

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    MEMBER OF STANISLAUS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Bar Admissions

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