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William Jesse Forbes

Criminal defense Attorney at Charleston, WV

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Jesse Forbes

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WV
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Forbes Law Offices offers aggressive criminal defense representation beginning with an honest straight-forward assessment of the client’s legal options. Our experienced attorneys have a reputation for their tough approach, and satisfactory results.

    18 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    In the courtroom our attorneys are articulate, charismatic and commanding. If they are given the slightest opening from a prosecutor, they’ll drive a truck through it. They are intelligent, resourceful, tenacious, and ruthless cross examiners.

    18 years

  3. Personal injury
    We know what your personal injury or wrongful death case means to you – and we know that the insurance companies will try every trick to avoid paying what you need and deserve. We anticipate their tactics and know how to counter them.

  4. Car accident
    Unfortunately, accidents happen. Whether they result in minor injuries, permanently alter one’s lifestyle or result in death, Forbes Law Offices has the experience to handle the case effectively and maximize compensation.

    18 years

  5. Federal crime

  6. Litigation

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket

  8. Trucking accident

    18 years

  9. White collar crime


W. Jesse Forbes is a respected litigation attorney focusing his efforts on civil and criminal representation with an outstanding reputation as an advocate for his clients.  Jesse has extensive courtroom experience in a wide range of cases from multi-million dollar civil cases to serious criminal cases, child abuse and neglect proceedings, and other legal matters.  He can be reached for potential representation at


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William Jesse Forbes
1118 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV, 25301-2403


5.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Shonda | May 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring, Dedicated Attorney
Jesse is a caring attorney who responds promptly to questions/concerns. I have worked with him on juvenile cases in the court system for many years.
Posted by Mike | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
Mr. Forbes did a great job handling my case. It was resolved quickly and efficiently and at minimum cost.
Posted by Manfred | May 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A knowledgeable man of integrity
Jess Forbes and I serve on the Kanawha County (WV) Deputy Sheriffs Civil Service Commission. As President, I am faced with many decisions that are legal in nature and I can always depend on Jess to provide excellent feedback based on the law as written. Most of the decisions rendered impact the Deputies, the Sheriff and most importantly the safety and security of the citizens of Kanawha County. When it comes time to vote; we usually have a unanimous vote of the three Commissioners because of the well researched and thought out input from Commissioner Forbes. Jess is an excellent attorney and also a man of great integrity. I would not hesitate to hire Jess Forbes in any personal case I may have in the areas of his specialization.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Forbes Law Offices, PLLC; West Virginia Judicial Law Clerk
  • 2005 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • West Virginia Circuit Court, 5th Circuit
  • 2008 - 2009


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • West Virginia University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002


  • West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kanawha County Deputy Sherrifs Civil Service Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2014 - Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • City of Charleston Municipal Planning Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Kanawha County Community Corrections Board
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • West Virginia State Bar Elder Law Committee
  • Former Chair
  • 2014 - 2016
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Generation Next, Top 40 Under 40
  • West Virginia State Journal
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jesse is a dedicated advocate for his clients and I would recommend him for any number of legal issues, including personal injury matters and criminal defense."
Litigation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jesse works hard for his clients, is respected by lawyers and judges, and is both very practical and very intelligent. Jesse is the type of lawyer I would not have any problem recommending to others."
Personal injury Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jesse is a highly intelligent, creative attorney who achieves excellent results for his clients and garners great respect from his fellow barristers."
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Charleston Criminal defense Lawyer William Jesse Forbes
William Jesse Forbes
Criminal defense Attorney
Charleston, WV
Licensed for 18 years
Free Consultation