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Raymond Forbess Sr.

Raymond Forbess Sr.

The Forbess Law Firm, P. A.
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI ...
  • District of Columbia, Florida
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Raised in Jacksonville, Mr. Forbess attended Bishop Kenny High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. After graduating college, he was commissioned as an Army Officer at 20 years of age. Mr. Forbess was an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant in Korea and commanded Rifle, Mortar and Anti-Tank Platoons. He worked the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. Ray completed Airborne School, Ranger School, and the Special Forces (Green Beret) qualification course in addition to the Infantry Officer's Basic and Advanced Course. He qualified as an Expert Marksman on various weapons including the .45 pistol, M16 Rifle, M203 Grenade Launcher, M.60 Machine gun, and .50 Caliber Machine Gun.

As a Special Forces Officer, Mr. Forbess was commander of several 12 man "A" Team detachments as well as a Battalion Staff Officer. He was also in charge of approximately 125 soldiers as Commander of D. Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group. Mr. Forbess was in Special Forces on Airborne Status units for approximately 10 years. He has parachuted from helicopters, cargo planes, and cargo jets. Approximately half of the jumps were at night.

Ray belongs to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the U.S. Army Ranger Association, and the U.S. Army Special Forces Association.

After active duty in the Army, Mr. Forbess started and ran Center Office Products in Jacksonville in 1981. He and his family sold the company to an international company in 1996.

After selling his business, Ray attended Florida Coastal Law School and graduated with his Juris Doctorate with Honors. He was also an Editor of Law Review, a privilege reserved for those at the very top of the class.

Mr. Forbess accepted a position as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Florida. For three years, he served the people of Jacksonville by providing legal services for indigent clients.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    DUI & DWI
    Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Bond Reduction Hearings
  • Burglary
  • Disorderly Intoxication
  • Drug Crimes
  • Felony Violent Crimes
  • Firearm/Weapon/Gun Charges
  • Fraud
  • Minicipal Code Violation
  • Misdemeanor Theft
  • Probate Litigation
  • Robbery
  • Sex Crimes
  • Traffic Violation
  • Warrants
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
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  • English
Professional Experience
The Forbess Law Firm, P. A.
- Current
Felony Attorney/Repeat Offender Court
Public Defenders Office, 4th Judicial Circuit, Florida
Vice-President, Owner
Center Office Products, Inc.
Special Forces Officer, Company Commander, 3/20th SFG(A)
United States Army
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: with Honors Editor, Law Review
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Florida State University College of Law
B.A. | Accounting
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Professional Associations
Florida State Bar  # 194069
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Washington D.C. Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Jacksonville Bar Association
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Speaking Engagements
Lecture on World Ethics
Interviewing for Attorneys, Guest Speaker/Lecturer
Websites & Blogs
Raymond Forbess' Website Profile
The Forbess Law Firm, P. A. Website
Jacksonville Criminal Attorney Blog
Contact & Map
The Forbess Law Firm, P. A.
340 E Adams St
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Telephone: (904) 634-0900
Fax: (904) 634-0903