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Richard V Stevens III

Richard V Stevens III

Practice areas:

Military Law

About Me

I am a former active duty military JAG attorney.  I spent the majority of my active duty JAG career as a military defense counsel.  When I was a JAG, I served first as a base level military prosecutor, and then was selected to serve as a base level military defense counsel and then as a regional military defense counsel. 


 


I am now (2013) entering my 18th year of handling military cases.  As a civilian court-martial defense attorney and military defense lawyer, I exclusively handle military cases because I care so deeply about representing and defending those who serve in the military and defend all of us.  I handle all types of cases involving military adverse actions, including court-martial defense, defense against administrative boards such as administrative discharge/separation boards, FEBs, MEB/PEBs, Discharge Review Board, Board of Corrections for Military Records, etc. I represent military clients facing military discipline, adverse administrative actions, appeals and investigations.  I offer free initial case consultations.    

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Military Law: 100%
    19 years, 500 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Michael John Coco

    I endorse this lawyer without reservation. He is absolutely at the top-tier of his profession. I have known Mr. Stevens for over 15 years, and he has clearly established himself as head and shoulders above his peers. His knowledge, skill, and care for his clients shine through in everything he does. If I were a military member in trouble, he would receive my first phone call.

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    Michael Coco Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Melvin Arthur Vaughn II

    During the summer of 2013, I worked opposite of Mr. Stevens on a hotly contested Sexual Assault Court-Martial. Throughout the entire process, Mr. Stevens was extremely professional and diligently represented his client in a case that involved 5+ expert witnesses and multiple pieces of physical and forensic evidence. At the conclusion of the trial, he secured a full acquittal for his client. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Melvin Vaughn Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, PC

Worldwide Military Representation
All Military Bases Around the World, FL, 32566

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200305/24/2015
NCInactive199507/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Defense Meritorous Service MedalUnited States Air Force2001
Company Grade Kuhfeld Award Nominee, AFLSA, Attorney of the YearUnited States Air Force2000
Air Force Commendation Medal, 1st OLCUnited States Air Force1999
Air Force Commendation MedalUnited States Air Force1997
Company Grade Officer of the QuarterUnited States Air Force, Base Level1996
Judge Heriot Clarkson Prize, Ethics of the Legal ProfessionUniversity of North Carolina School of Law1995
National Defense Service MedalUnited States Air Force1995
American Jurisprudence Award, Ethics in Criminal PracticeUniversity of North Carolina School of Law1994
American Jurisprudence Award, Conflict of LawUniversity of North Carolina School of Law1994
Pi Sigma Apha, National Political Science Honor SocietyUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill1992
Phi Beta Kappa, National Academic Honor SocietyUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and Trial Defense AttorneyMilitary Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.2003 - Present
Litigation AttorneyYates, McLamb & Weyher, LLP2001 - 2003
Prosecutor, Base Defense Attorney, Regional Defense AttorneyUSAF JAG Corps1995 - 2001

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
District of Columbia BarN/A2003 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
North Carolina Association of Defense AttorneysN/A2001 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2001 - Present
North Carolina Federal District Court, Western CircuitN/A2001 - Present
North Carolina Federal District District Court, Eastern DistrictN/A2001 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitN/A2001 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1997 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Air Force Court of Criminal AppealsN/A1995 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesN/A1995 - Present
North Carolina State BarN/A1995 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarN/A1995 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
U.S. v. XXXXXXX - Sexual AssaultFull Acquittal - Not Guilty of All Charges.
U.S. v. XXXXXXX - Rape, Sodomy, Sexual AssaultFull Acquittal - Not Guilty of All Charges.
U.S. v. XXXXXXX - Rape, Sexual AssaultFull Acquittal - Not Guilty of All Charges

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Stars and StripesSenior Officer Not to be Court-Martialed2014
Washington BladeOfficer Faces Preliminary Hearing in Alleged Sexual Assault Case2014
Business InsiderMilitary Rape Culture2013
McClatchy National NewsPresident Obama Tackles Military Sexual Assaults2013
McClatchy National NewsJudge's Remarks Tainting Courts-Martial2013
McClatchy National NewsUCI by President in Military Rape Courts-Martial2013
Whiteman AFB WarriorNot Guilty Verdict in Military Rape Court-Martial2013
Kansas City StarNot Guilty Verdict in Military Rape Trial2013
McClatchy National NewsChange in How the Military Handles Sexual Assault2013
Colorado Springs GazetteAcademy Rape Case Dropped2012
Yahoo NewsAcademy Rape Case Dropped2012
ABC NewsMajor Nidal Hasan Murder Case2011
Huffington PostMajor Nidal Hasan Murder Case2011
Air Force TimesAir Force College Football Flyover Violation2011
Air Force TimesAlleged Breach of Nuclear Security2010
CBS NewsNCO Acquitted of Murder, Iraq War2009
Middle East TimesDefending Military War Crimes2009
Stars and StripesMilitary Murder Trial2009
CBS NewsMilitary Maltreatment Case, Iraq2009
San Antonio Express NewsMurder Case, Iraq War2008
falserape.netUnlawful Command Influence in Military Rape Cases2006
Los Angeles TimesMilitary Solicitation of Murder Case Dropped, Iraq War2005
WHIO TVMilitary Infant Murder Case2005
Los Angeles TimesMilitary Academy Cadet Acquitted of Rape2005
Raleigh News and ObserverPlaintiff Lies Result in Dismissal of Lawsuit2004
Amarillo Globe NewsAirman Exonerated in Alleged Rape, Attempted Murder Case2001

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Air Mobility Command SJA ConferenceCompeting Ideas in Military Justice2015
USAF Senior Defense Counsel Leadership CourseDefending High Profile Cases in Media and Working with Civilian Defense Counsel2012
NCADRC, Allegations of Child Abuse, International ConferenceDefense Case Preparation in Alleged Child Abuse Cases, for Military Attendees2010
USAF Senior Defense Counsel Leadership CourseDefending High Profile Cases, Defense Case Preparation and Challending Police Interrogations and Confessions2009
USAF Senior Defense Counsel Leadership CourseDefending High Profile Cases, Defense Case Preparation, Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions2006
USAF European Defense Counsel ConferenceDefending High Profile Cases in Media, Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions, and Working with Civilian Defense Counsel2004
USAF Central Judicial Circuit, Defense Counsel ConferenceDefending High Profile Cases and Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions2004
USAF Pacific Circuit Defense Counsel ConferenceDefending High Profile Cases, Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions, Working with Civilian Defense Counsel2002
USAF Central Judicial Circuit Defense Counsel ConferenceDefense Case Preparation and Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions2001