Posted by a client
As an Air Force SNCO facing an administrative discharge of alleged serious misconduct, I contacted Mr. Stevens based an trusted recommendations of close friends that knew his stellar reputation. With my career and retirement on the line, Mr. Stevens was truly a beacon of light when I was without hope. His understanding of military law and procedures quickly provided me with a feeling that someone really understood what was trying to be done to me and that it was without merit. He worked with me gathering the information and resources needed to defend me as well as always keeping me informed with the status of my upcoming board. His expertise and knowledge during the hearing was fantastic and his ability to present and defend my case solidified my believe that I had the best person that I could have asked for defending me.
As a result of his hard work and professionalism the board was able to clearly see the facts and why I was there. The final outcome couldn't have turned out any better than I had hoped. I was retained and my over 30 year career was saved with my retirement and benefits intact.
If you unfortunately find yourself or a loved one in need of legal representation in a military arena, Richard Stevens is your best bet at a successful outcome.
Posted by a client
My son is an enlisted military member who faced allegations of sexual assault in the military. A civilian acquaintance accused him of this and he faced a general court-martial. As a parent I knew I had to hire our own attorney to represent my son. He was being accused of something that he did not do and I could not trust his case to be handled by anyone else. Mr. Stevens kept me informed through the entire process. He always answered any questions I had immediately. Even when I just wanted to vent...he responded. I was not at the Article 32 hearing but once again Mr. Stevens let me know what was going on during the entire ordeal. When the trial date was set, once again I was kept informed and updated on his strategy. The best phone call I received from him was letting me know that the charges were dropped. Mr. Stevens is a hero to me and I know to my son. We are all forever grateful for him believing in my son and fighting for him.
If you are finding yourself in this situation I can only urge to call him and let him represent you. It was the best phone call I ever made.
Posted by a client
As an Air Force officer, when I found myself in a legal situation I never expected to be in I searched everywhere for trusted legal counsel. Attorney Stevens came recommended by my commander and all it took was one phone conversation to know I had found the attorney I wanted to represent me. From day One, Attorney Stevens laid out all the facts that we knew, took control and formulated a game-plan for my defense. He did not sugar coat anything and along with his no-nonsense approach, he put my fears at ease and the entire situation in perspective. From the very beginning, he made sure I knew the military judicial process can be very, very long. He set the expectations for my case from the very beginning and now that it has been resolved, I can say that he knew exactly what he was doing. Whenever I had a question or concern, he was just a quick email or phone call away. He would always return messages promptly and answer questions with great detail. His knowledge of the military judicial system and process (particularly the Air Force's) is unmatched and it was invaluable to my defense. He predicted every move the government would make in its prosecution and as a result, I was able to avoid legal pitfalls I'm not sure other attorneys would have seen coming. His counsel was never wrong. Every time I had to make a decision, he advised me to make what turned out to be the right one. I had complete faith in Attorney Stevens. He worked seamlessly with my ADC (Air Force appointed Area Defense Council) and together they made a powerful team. His dedication and preparation for my case was extraordinary. It paid off! At crunch time, Attorney Stevens asked questions that had not been asked before and was able to uncover previously unknown and critical evidence that completely undermined the government's prosecution and changed my case immeasurably for the better. I do not know if I would be where I am today, happier then ever, with a successful career and unlimited opportunities if I had not been represented by Attorney Stevens.
Posted by a client
I've never been in a situation to need legal assistance. This being the first I'm so glad I came across Mr Stevens and his law firm. During the first stages if my situation I had military representation as the situation escalated and became more serious I quickly could see that they were not going to be enough. When being prosecuted by the military or government it can be easy to feel very intimidated and like you don't stand a chance. Mr Stevens gives you that chance. As having prior military experience and being well known through out the services if he's on your case most people will look twice. I will never doubt that him being involved in my second hearing had a lot to do with my case being dropped which does not happen very often. Also you can truly tell he really cares about about the client and the job he's doing and not just the money. Any time we spoke he was always sure to ask what questions I had if any before ending the call. He would always take the time to explain what I didn't understand. Also he was very quick with email responses and even took time to correspond with my command. He's very sensible and easy to work with and will do his best. I am truly certain that the turnout in my case would not have been near as positive had it not been for him. He was truly a God send and I appreciate what he did for me every day.
Posted by a client
Richard Stevens is a tremendously talented defense attorney with a knowledge base of military court martials. He was very responsive to me with regard to any of my urgent matters throughout my ordeal; he responded to my requests, walked me through the processes, as the opposing side continued to embark with legal maneuvering with no other intent but to intimidate. Richard Stevens also understands human psychology which comes in very handy dealing with sensitive issues, and picking the right timing for negotiation. I would highly recommend Attorney Stevens for any sort of case but especially court martials. It has been a pleasure working with him and having the peace of mind of having my case in good hands, and resolved issue free.
Accused: Sexual Assault of Spouse
Results: Case was dismissed. Because of Stevens’ relentless digging and questioning of witnesses, he was able to sidestep trail proceeding all together. I made the absolute right choice by choosing Richard Stevens to represent me. My family and I thank you for what you do.
Posted by Field Grade Officer
I hired Rich after I was notified of a pending separation board. Rich was always readily available and always provided no nonsense advice. His candid but compassionate approach was exactly what I needed. He is a consumate professional who will be your advocate. Rich's efforts were succesful and the board proceedings were suspended. I was able to apply and recieve approval for normal retirement. I don't wish my situation on anyone, but if you find yourself there, CALL Rich.
Posted by Senior NCO
Hiring someone who was a former JAG was so valuable in this case. Rich took time to look at all the pieces, determine who was or should have been involved and was very open and honest the whole way through. While the outcome at the time was less than what I wanted, it was realistic considering the circumstances. Things Rich put into place back then helped me 3 years later when presenting my case to the discharge review board. Could not have done this alone. You head is spinning and you cannot believe this is happening this way. Rich guides you and keeps you focused on the important things.
Posted by a Military Law client
Rich is the most conscientious, responsive, knowledgeable, aggressive (in a good way) attorney there is. As an attorney myself, I didn't think I needed the assistance of another attorney to fight for my case. Boy was I wrong. Without Rich, I would have missed out on substantial arguments that were critical to my defense. He's been doing this a very long time and it clearly shows. He knows what to say, how to say it and when to say it. Every time I send Rich an email, he responds within an hour. That is remarkable for any attorney, especially one as busy as Rich. If you don't get the outcome you want, he continues to fight. I will keep his number on speed dial for life and would recommend him to anyone that wants a fighting chance to win his/her case.
Posted by a Military Law client
Mr. Richard Stevens did what I hoped for and more. I have nothing but the utmost trust and respect for him. During the proceedings while I sat there and watched I could tell that he takes great pride in what he does. He takes the time to do the leg work and ensures he does everything he possibly can to properly represent and help you. There were times during the trial I sat in awe and found my self feeling over whelmed with emotion when he used the information he gathered and along with what I told him and used it to make significant grounds in my case. I have dealt with other attorneys for a few minor things and my divorce. I never felt the trust with the other attorneys that I felt with him. He is upfront and honest. I recommend that you are honest and truthful with him about everything so he can truly give you the best representation possible. I would highly recommend Mr. Stevens to anyone who is dealing with any type of high profile significant military investigation or trial. I know that not all outcomes will be the same, but I firmly believe he will represent you to the fullest. I was facing some very serious charges that could have resulted in prison time and or a convection that would have followed me for the rest of my life. After it was all said and done none of the above happened and I am pleased with the outcome. I feel that Mr. Stevens did an excellent job. Thank you Mr. Stevens for what you do.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
I was accused of sexual assault and conduct unbecoming of an officer. After I was accused I hired Mr. Stevens along with my military lawyer to help defend me in my case. Mr. Stevens was extremely knowledgable about military law and knew the process the trial would take in great detail from the initial accusation to the courts-martial proceedings. He was extremely well prepared for each phase of my trial and knew the steps in the process so well that he put my mind at ease that I was getting the best support that I could. I of course was anxious throughout knowing the consequences if I was found guilty but he gave me confidence that with his knowledge of military law and the facts at hand that I would get the best defense I could expect. After the assault charges were dropped he led me through the next steps of the trial until we had a satisfactory pretrial agreement. Unfortunately my failure to follow military regulations caused an end to my military career but I came through it with my life intact and I could exit with the potential to continue my career as a civilian. He was always timely in answering phone calls or emails. In every step of the process he was prepared and had rebuttals generated almost as soon as the complaints were filed. I would recommend to anyone who finds themselves accused of criminal conduct to consider hiring Mr. Stevens to defend them. I have referred several others that have found themselves in similar situations to Mr. Stevens for his excellent legal support.