Posted by anonymous
I am a military SNCO who was falsely accused of sexual assault by another military member. I was wrongfully convicted, my case was overturned on appeals, but the Convening Authority preferred charges AGAIN!! I faced a general court-martial trial and, if I was convicted, not only would I have had to face a sentence for something I did not do, but I would also have been required to register as a sex offender.
I knew deep down that it was something I did not want to risk so I did my research. Mr. Stevens' name was at the top of every list/person I spoke with, but I didn't think he could live up to the hype. I was so happy to be WRONG about that...he's a BULLDOG in the courtroom! Mr. Stevens represented me in this case, and I was found not guilty at trial. He walked me through the process and was available to answer any questions I may have had. He also provided great advice, wasn't pushy with his recommendations, and reminded me that decisions were ultimately mine.
I pled not guilty in front of a military panel ("jury") Mr. Stevens handled all aspects of my court-martial trial.
In separate motion hearings, he filed and argued many motions to help us present my defense and obtain discovery.
His written motions were very detailed and organized. Likewise, his motion arguments during the motion hearing were a sight to see.
When my case went to trial, Mr. Stevens presented both the opening statement and closing argument, and he questioned all major witnesses, to include cross-examining the complaining witness and government expert.
Mr. Stevens' opening statement was like something out of a movie. He painted a picture for the jury and did an even better job presenting evidence to back it up.
His questioning of the witnesses was even more impressive. Particularly with regard to his questioning of the complaining witness, and exposing her lies and her motive to make false allegations against me. His cross-examination of her was noteworthy. He asked direct questions and impeached her on statements she made at the previous trial.
Finally, Mr. Stevens delivered his closing argument, to wrap up the case, and to show the truth of my innocence. His closing argument was very thorough. He walked the jury through everything that he previously laid out. He re-attacked key points, her lies and inconsistencies, and reaffirmed to the jury that anything other than NOT GUILTY was inconceivable!
After a long investigation and intense trial, I was found not guilty of the allegation. Mr. Stevens' representation, advocacy, and work on the case was crucial to show my innocence and to combat the idea that all sexual assault allegations must be believed.
I would, without a doubt, recommend Mr. Stevens if you face criminal allegations in the military justice system. He is definitely someone that you want on YOUR team.
Posted by anonymous
I am a military officer who was falsely accused of sexual assault. With the allegations being completely false and some very clear motives to fabricate from the accuser, I was sure that the government would quickly recognize these claims were clearly false and let me move on with my career. I was completely wrong... As the investigation continued I started to quickly realize that you are ‘guilty until proven innocent’ with respect to sexual assault allegations in the military. I felt as if my branch that I served faithfully for years quickly abandoned me and chose to take the word of an individual with several documented integrity issues. As I started to realize the severity of the situation and the investigating agencies willingness to conduct a biased investigation in order to collaborate an almost inconceivable narrative, I began my search for legal representation. I had consultations with over a dozen attorneys. I read reviews, case results, bios, strategies, and talked to everyone from high profile costly attorneys with lavish social media accounts, to the newest firms specializing in court martial defense. Ultimately, I stumbled across Mr. Stevens' blog. I decided to give him a call. First impressions are everything and what I can tell you is that my first impression of Mr. Stevens was that he is the guy I can put my trust in. During the consultation, I did not feel rushed like I did with others. I did not feel like I had to cash a check at that moment in order to get some ‘real advice.’ I felt as if I was talking to a friend that was giving just the right amount of guidance for that stage of the game. Mr. Stevens tactfully gave me a ‘reality check’ and incredibly sound counsel. His knowledge of the system is unparalleled. From consultation to hiring, I was continuously amazed at his ability to identify the intricacies of the system and how to navigate around or even through them. In my opinion, Rich knows the system better than those who run it. The investigation phase was very long. I was optimistic in terms of timeline and the 'process' that would prove my innocence. However, I was continuously let down. Mr. Stevens was able to answer a lot of the questions for me during our long waits. I can’t count how many times I look back now and can say “wow Rich was right again.” One thing I like about Rich is that he will always give you an answer or advice based on FACTS. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear. He will tell you what you NEED to hear. When it came to questions with established facts his answers were spot on and almost seem like ‘insider information.' When it came to subjective questions about the case itself, theories, strategy, etc. Rich was always extremely calculated and answered based on the information available. During the investigation phase, Rich conducted his own investigation. I was amazed at his attention to detail and meticulousness. It was incredibly unbiased and in my opinion he conducted a superior investigation compared to the government. As we began to prepare for my defense “new information came to light” and the complainant decided not to participate and dropped their false allegations. One thing that gave me a little peace of mind at night was that Rich was on my side. An acquaintance familiar with the inner circles of the military justice system asked who I decided to have represent me. I told them “Mr. Richard V. Stevens, have you heard of him?” They just smiled and replied “I know Rich… he is the best of the best.” No matter how early it is in your situation, speak to no one. In today’s culture a single accusation (no matter how ridiculous) will be taken as truth by the government as you find yourself preparing for a GCM. Mr. Stevens WILL prepare you for what you are going to face. He guided me through the most difficult time of my life with the utmost professionalism with the compassion of a friend.
Posted by anonymous
Very professional and detailed I would recommend to anyone. Made sure I had everything I needed and more.
Posted by anonymous
I am a military officer who was falsely accused of sexual assault by a civilian acquaintance. I faced a general court-martial trial, in which the maximum punishment if convicted was decades in prison and I would have had to register as a sex offender.
Mr. Stevens represented me in this case, and I was exonerated at trial.
I plead not guilty in front of a military judge and Mr. Stevens handled all aspects of my court-martial trial.
In a separate motion hearing, he filed and argued motions to help us present my defense and obtain discovery. Ultimately, he was able to obtain discovery that we used in defense of my case.
When my case went to trial, Mr. Stevens presented both the opening statement and closing argument, and he questioned all major witnesses, to include cross-examining the complaining witness and government experts.
His questioning of the witnesses was exceptional. Particularly with regard to his questioning of the complaining witness, and exposing her lies and her motives to make false allegations against me, his cross-examination of her was methodical, logical, and well thought out. He was calm and professional at all times, allowing her to trap herself in her own lies versus trying to "bully" her into admitting anything.
Finally, Mr. Stevens delivered his closing argument, to wrap up the week-long case, and to show the truth of my innocence. His closing argument tied together the entire case in an easily understood manner that addressed every falsehood and inconsistency in the allegations.
After a long investigation and intense trial, I was found not guilty of all allegations I faced. Mr. Stevens' representation, advocacy, and work on the case was crucial to show my innocence and to combat the idea that all sexual assault allegations must be believed.
Mr. Stevens is a pleasure to work with. He is very accessible and returns calls and emails in a timely manner. He has a no nonsense manner of interaction and is guaranteed to tell you how it is versus trying to tell you what you want to hear.
His fees for his services are reasonable and he is respectful of your finances in regards to booking his travel arrangements.
Overall, I highly recommend Mr. Stevens and cannot express enough how valuable his services are to your situation. Do not risk your life, liberty, or career with an inexperienced government attorney. Spend the money and allow Mr. Stevens with his decades of experience to expertly guide you through what will surely be one of the most trying times of your life.
Posted by Unknown
I am a military NCO who was falsely accused of sexual assault by a civilian who I previously had a relationship with. I faced a general court-martial trial, in which the maximum punishment if convicted was decades in prison, a dishonorable discharge, and I would have had to register as a sex offender.
Mr. Stevens represented me in this case, and it was ultimately dropped.
I entered a plea of not guilty and we were prepared for trial when the complainant backed out and the case was dropped. She did not back out because of luck, there was a lot of work that ended in this result. Mr. Stevens handled all aspects of my case.
We had more than one motion hearing, in which Mr. Stevens wrote and filed the motions, questioned the witnesses, and argued the motions in front of the military judge. Several of these motions had to do with discovery we were seeking, and issues regarding the background and credibility of the complainant. Mr. Stevens cross-examined the complainant during the motions hearings.
His motions, court performance and arguments during the motion hearing added so much value and pointed out the weak points in the evidence presented by the government.
His work during the motion broke down the government's case, and it led to the complainant backing out at the last minute.
In preparation for trial, Mr. Stevens wrote and submitted our various filings, and prepared to handle all the major portions of the case - to include voir dire, opening statement, witness questioning, cross-examination of the complainant, and closing argument.
I am not a lawyer, and I had a lot of questions about strategy, evidence, procedure, etc. Mr. Stevens always made himself available to answer my questions until I understood his points. He included me in defense discussions and strategy decisions. He made me part of the defense team. I had a lot of anxiety about being falsely accused of something like this, and Mr. Stevens did a lot to work me through what is a very difficult process.
My military career had now continued, and the case is behind me. I would definitely recommend Mr. Stevens if you face allegations in the military justice system and/or a court-martial. I believe without the help, guidance and experience that Mr. Steven's brings to the table, my case may not had the positive that I recieved. Although the ADC can be extremely helpful, the addition of an experienced Military Attorney like Mr. Stevens is a necessity.
Posted by Jerry
I am a recently retired military officer with 30yrs of service who was falsely accused of sexual assault by a fellow service member after a night of drinking. I originally was facing a general court-martial trial, in which the maximum punishment if convicted would be decades in military prison, a punitive discharge, and I would have had to register as a sex offender.
Mr. Stevens represented me in this case and, thanks to his efforts on my behalf, I retired honorably without a conviction.
Mr. Stevens began representing me during the investigation phase of the case, leading up to what would have been court-martial charges. However, the electronic evidence in the case showed that I was not guilty of sexual assault. Even though the electronic evidence contradicted the complainant's claim, she continued to falsely insist she had been sexually assaulted that night.
Because of this, although the command was forced to drop the court-martial case, they began to take administrative actions against me based on her claims, to try to kick me out of the service. Mr. Stevens continued to represent through this whole process. It was clear from our discussions that he was extremely knowledgeable about military law and had decades of experience. His advice and experience were critical to the successful outcome of my case.
Beyond Mr. Stevens' skill as a defense attorney, his support was very important to me. Going through this process, particularly with so much on the line (including retirement), is very difficult and stressful. There were a lot of low points. His support really helped me through when i felt like I was at the lowest and darkest point of my life.
I ultimately faced an involuntary administrative discharge board, and Mr. Stevens' advice, representation and assistance were crucial in me winning at the board hearing and being retained in the service. I was then able to retire, honorably, after decades of service and overseas deployments in combat operations. Mr. Stevens' representation and support through this whole process made this successful outcome possible.
I give Mr. Stevens my highest possible endorsement and my deepest thanks for savings my life. If you face military allegations and discipline, he is the one I would recommend, above anyone else. He made this outcome, and my retirement, happen for me, when it seemed like the military was determined to end my career and deny me the retirement I had earned.
Thanks Mr. Stevens, I'm forever grateful.
- Officer client
Posted by anonymous
I am a military Senior NCO who was falsely accused of sexual assault by a civilian acquaintance. I faced a general court-martial trial.
Mr. Stevens represented me in this case, and I was completely exonerated.
I plead not guilty in front of a military "jury" consisting of officers and enlisted. Mr. Stevens handled all aspects of my court-martial trial.
In a separate motion hearing, he filed and argued motions to help us present my defense. The written motions were extremely well written and the intent was more than I ever expected. His legal knowledge was superior. Likewise, his motion arguments during the motion hearing were vital to ensure I received a fair trial and ensured all possible evidence would be discovered.
When my case went to trial, Mr. Stevens conducted the voir dire, delivered both the opening statement and closing argument, and he questioned all major witnesses, to include cross-examining the complaining witness.
Mr. Stevens' opening statement was precise, direct, and to the point.
His questioning of the witnesses demonstrated his high level of experience. Particularly with regard to his questioning of the complaining witness, and exposing her lies and her motive to make false allegations against me, his cross-examination of her was vital to my defense and left no doubt for the panel of jury members that she was not being truthful.
Finally, Mr. Stevens delivered his closing argument, to wrap up the case, to expose the truth of my innocence, and with my future on the line. His closing argument was exactly what the jury needed to hear. He truly explained their responsibilities and was very meticulous in exposing all the evidence and motives to ensure justice prevailed.
After a long and contentious trial, I was found not guilty of all allegations I faced - and the verdict came back very quickly. It was obvious the case against me was false, and Mr. Stevens' work on the case was crucial to show this.
I was cleared of the allegations and went back to resume my military career. I would highly recommend Richard Stevens.
Posted by anonymous
I am a military officer who was accused of misconduct during my career. Upon direction of my commander, I faced an involuntary administrative discharge board where the government attempted to end my career. Mr. Stevens represented me during my discharge board hearing, which, like a trial, included an opening statement, cross-examination of government witnesses, to include my commander, and presenting of witnesses and evidence on my behalf before delivering closing arguments over multiple days. I hired Mr. Stevens, after working with another lawyer whom I fundamentally disagreed with in terms of a winning strategy. My philosophy was that the charges were somewhat petty and taking this to a board in the first place was based on a misinformed and over-reacting command climate. Interestingly, as a result of the disposition of my case, and Mr. Stevens speaking truth to power, the climate has since changed.
Coming across as apologetic and throwing myself on the mercy of the board, was not the approach that I sought to take. I wanted to refute the charges, and I believed there was enough on my side to be able to do that. Ergo, I wanted a lawyer that shared the sentiment, and would then step in and SELL that narrative. Although my Area Defense Counsel mostly shared this view as well, and was very competent for his level of experience and I valued his counsel, I wanted the absolute best chance at winning this case, as this was a binding decision and a once in a lifetime event that would forever change the course my life would take. In my mind, it would have been a very regrettable decision to leave that any more to chance then necessary.
While Mr. Stevens may or may not have as much notoriety as some lawyers, that isn't what makes a good lawyer. I had previously heard of Rich's work from another service-member, had looked at his website once before, and since he came recommended to me by the my appointed counsel (AC), I called him. From the first time I contacted him leading up to the case, I felt that he was frank and gruff with me about what to expect from the government and what was important to focus on to win this case. He was able to sift through the array of evidence and hearsay I had for and against me and determine the best course of action better then I or the AC ever could have. Both in the courtroom and in person he is a straight-shooter and he will set you straight and help align you with the reality of your situation, which I needed and appreciated. He is speaking from his experience dealing with the government going after you. I felt he was great at exploiting holes in the prosecutions arguments and unpreparedness in certain areas, as well as scientifically building a narrative into the minds of the board members to anticipate and control their train of thought within the limits of rational and equitable decision making. The disposition was no basis for discharge, I was retained, and have a clean slate.
While your mileage may vary depending on the specifics of your case, I can wholeheartedly say that Rich is the most competent lawyer I have ever worked with, and that is saying a lot because I've interacted with 7 lawyers over my life, spoken to and have friendships with others, AND i thought that the AC was the best I had worked with, before I met Mr. Stevens! I believe this gentleman is a cut above even the top tier of lawyers out there both military and civilian. Whatever the burden of proof allows for, you will get with Rich, whatever speculation the jury or judge may have when they have to decide your case, will become as objective a decision as possible. He will SELL and paint as clear and favorable of a narrative/picture as the evidence allows for, to influence the decision makers to generate as much clemency or as favorable a decision possible. He's easy to get a hold of and always responds within 24 hours. He won't take a heavy case load so he can give each case enough attention.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Stevens was amazing in defending me throughout my General court Martial and I'm not saying that term lightly. I literally owe him my life and freedom. If you want to be spending time with your loved ones and not sitting in a military prison then you should very much consider reaching out to this man. Hiring Mr. Stevens was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and I would do it again a thousand times over.
I am a military NCO who was falsely accused of sexual assault and related claims by a civilian. I faced a general court-martial trial, in which the maximum punishment if convicted was decades in prison and I would have had to register as a sex offender.
I plead not guilty at trial and Mr. Stevens represented me during my court-martial. This included him filing and arguing pretrial motions, delivering the opening statement, cross-examining the complainant and key government witnesses, calling multiple expert witnesses to the stand on my behalf, and delivering the closing argument.
Mr. Stevens has a very good reputation as an ethical and very effective defense attorney in the Military Justice System. It felt like the whole world was against me until Mr. Stevens leveled the playing field. After a long and difficult trial, I was found not guilty of all allegations I faced and I couldn't be happier.
Posted by anonymous
I am a senior military officer who was falsely accused of sexual assault by another military member. A senior sex crimes prosecutor was on the case against me. I was represented and defended by my military defense attorney and I hired Richard Stevens as my civilian defense counsel in the case.
The processing of my case was lengthy, but Mr. Stevens was always available to discuss the case with me and to advise me regarding various issues in the case. He always described things in a way that they could be understood and appropriately considered.
There were significant legal issues in my case prior to the litigation of the allegations, and Mr. Stevens submitted briefs and argued the discovery and evidentiary issues - which we prevailed on. Mr. Stevens made the opening statement in my case, he questioned the important witnesses, and he delivered the closing argument. Because of my rank, the panel members were very senior, and Mr. Stevens was able to confidently and comfortably communicate to them, based on his prior military experience and the length of his affiliation with the military legal system. His witness questioning skillfully exposed the facts necessary to show my innocence.
Mr. Stevens' closing argument was perfect! He tied together the facts, evidence, testimony, and instructions into our theory of the case, and was extremely persuasive in how he argued. He prepared a timeline of the important facts of the case, to indicate the motive of the complainant to make her false claims. He pointed out the inconsistencies in her story, and the inconsistencies between her story and what other witnesses said. After waiting so long to have my case fairly heard, it was a relief to have such a strong and thorough closing argument that left no doubt that the allegations against me were false. That was exactly why I brought Mr. Stevens onto the case!
Although I was still nervous about the outcome, I was not surprised when the members announced we had won. It was the right result based on my innocence, but it was also the right legal result, based on the work of my defense attorneys. My career and my retirement were saved.
I highly recommend anyone facing legal trouble in the military hire Richard Stevens as their civilian defense attorney, and if they face rape or sexual assault allegations, I can't imagine going to court without attorney Richard Stevens on your side!