21 years, 500 cases
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Defense Meritorous Service Medal||United States Air Force||2001|
|Company Grade Kuhfeld Award Nominee, AFLSA, Attorney of the Year||United States Air Force||2000|
|Air Force Commendation Medal, 1st OLC||United States Air Force||1999|
|Air Force Commendation Medal||United States Air Force||1997|
|Company Grade Officer of the Quarter||United States Air Force, Base Level||1996|
|Judge Heriot Clarkson Prize, Ethics of the Legal Profession||University of North Carolina School of Law||1995|
|National Defense Service Medal||United States Air Force||1995|
|American Jurisprudence Award, Ethics in Criminal Practice||University of North Carolina School of Law||1994|
|American Jurisprudence Award, Conflict of Law||University of North Carolina School of Law||1994|
|Pi Sigma Apha, National Political Science Honor Society||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||1992|
|Phi Beta Kappa, National Academic Honor Society||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||1992|
|Founder and Trial Defense Attorney||Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, P.C.||2003 - Present|
|Litigation Attorney||Yates, McLamb & Weyher, LLP||2001 - 2003|
|Prosecutor, Base Defense Attorney, Regional Defense Attorney||USAF JAG Corps||1995 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|District of Columbia Bar||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Wake County Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||2001 - Present|
|North Carolina Federal District Court, Western Circuit||N/A||2001 - Present|
|North Carolina Federal District District Court, Eastern District||N/A||2001 - Present|
|U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit||N/A||2001 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||1997 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals||N/A||1995 - Present|
|U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces||N/A||1995 - Present|
|North Carolina State Bar||N/A||1995 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||N/A||1995 - Present|
|The Following Representative Cases...||Various|
|U.S. v. XXXXXXX - Rape, (Sexual) Assault, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Gentleman||Acquitted of rape and claims of non-consensual touching.|
|U.S. v. XXXXXXX - Sexual Assault||Full Acquittal - Not Guilty of All Charges.|
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|Stars and Stripes||Senior Officer Not to be Court-Martialed||2014|
|Washington Blade||Officer Faces Preliminary Hearing in Alleged Sexual Assault Case||2014|
|Business Insider||Military Rape Culture||2013|
|McClatchy National News||President Obama Tackles Military Sexual Assaults||2013|
|McClatchy National News||Judge's Remarks Tainting Courts-Martial||2013|
|McClatchy National News||UCI by President in Military Rape Courts-Martial||2013|
|Whiteman AFB Warrior||Not Guilty Verdict in Military Rape Court-Martial||2013|
|Kansas City Star||Not Guilty Verdict in Military Rape Trial||2013|
|McClatchy National News||Change in How the Military Handles Sexual Assault||2013|
|Colorado Springs Gazette||Academy Rape Case Dropped||2012|
|Yahoo News||Academy Rape Case Dropped||2012|
|ABC News||Major Nidal Hasan Murder Case||2011|
|Huffington Post||Major Nidal Hasan Murder Case||2011|
|Air Force Times||Air Force College Football Flyover Violation||2011|
|Air Force Times||Alleged Breach of Nuclear Security||2010|
|CBS News||NCO Acquitted of Murder, Iraq War||2009|
|Middle East Times||Defending Military War Crimes||2009|
|Stars and Stripes||Military Murder Trial||2009|
|CBS News||Military Maltreatment Case, Iraq||2009|
|San Antonio Express News||Murder Case, Iraq War||2008|
|falserape.net||Unlawful Command Influence in Military Rape Cases||2006|
|Los Angeles Times||Military Solicitation of Murder Case Dropped, Iraq War||2005|
|WHIO TV||Military Infant Murder Case||2005|
|Los Angeles Times||Military Academy Cadet Acquitted of Rape||2005|
|Raleigh News and Observer||Plaintiff Lies Result in Dismissal of Lawsuit||2004|
|Amarillo Globe News||Airman Exonerated in Alleged Rape, Attempted Murder Case||2001|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Air Mobility Command SJA Conference||Competing Ideas in Military Justice||2015|
|USAF Senior Defense Counsel Leadership Course||Defending High Profile Cases in Media and Working with Civilian Defense Counsel||2012|
|NCADRC, Allegations of Child Abuse, International Conference||Defense Case Preparation in Alleged Child Abuse Cases, for Military Attendees||2010|
|USAF Senior Defense Counsel Leadership Course||Defending High Profile Cases, Defense Case Preparation and Challending Police Interrogations and Confessions||2009|
|USAF Senior Defense Counsel Leadership Course||Defending High Profile Cases, Defense Case Preparation, Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions||2006|
|USAF European Defense Counsel Conference||Defending High Profile Cases in Media, Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions, and Working with Civilian Defense Counsel||2004|
|USAF Central Judicial Circuit, Defense Counsel Conference||Defending High Profile Cases and Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions||2004|
|USAF Pacific Circuit Defense Counsel Conference||Defending High Profile Cases, Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions, Working with Civilian Defense Counsel||2002|
|USAF Central Judicial Circuit Defense Counsel Conference||Defense Case Preparation and Challenging Police Interrogations and Confessions||2001|
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!
Posted by anonymous
I am a military member who was falsely accused of sexual assault by an acquaintance. I faced a general court-martial trial accusing me of sexual assault, and the government had a prosecution team that included a senior sex crimes prosecutor.
I hired Richard Stevens to represent me. From the outset, Mr. Stevens was very involved in preparing my case for trial, to include requesting multiple experts, identifying and interviewing witnesses during our own investigation, and filing motions. He always answered my questions and provided timely advice.
Mr. Stevens traveled to my base to represent me at the motion hearing. He had filed several important motions, and this provided us the chance to question the complainant under oath. She did not handle the questioning well, and came off very poorly. Mr. Stevens handled all of the witness questioning during the motion hearing, and arguments on the main motions. He was very well prepared and he obviously was an expert in military law and procedure.
Soon after the motion hearing, based on the support of the complainant, the government agreed to drop the court-martial and handle the case through administrative action instead. This allowed me to avoid a public felony-level criminal trial, and - knowing the environment in the military right now - the possibility of a federal criminal conviction, sex offender registration, and a sentence that could have included a lengthy prison sentence and dishonorable discharge...all despite my innocence.
If you face a serious military case, particularly an alleged sexual assault, I would highly recommend Mr. Stevens. He lived up to his reputation for me and my family.
Furthermore, Mr. Stevens not only saved me but provided me another chance to be with my Family with his skillful knowledge in Sexual Assault cases and his professionalism.
Posted by Johnny
"I am a military member who was falsely accused of sexual assault by an acquaintance who had been drinking and claims she was too drunk to consent. I faced a general court-martial trial accusing me of sexual assault, and the government had a prosecution team that included a senior sex crimes prosecutor.
Initially, I was represented only by my military attorney who seemed to rarely have time for me or the questions I had. So, I released that military counsel and hired Richard Stevens. From the outset, Mr. Stevens became very involved in preparing my case for trial, to include successfully requesting an important expert witness, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and filing motions. He always answered my questions, provided timely advice, and never seemed too busy to take my calls or talk to me about the case.
Mr. Stevens traveled to my base to represent me at the motion hearing, in which he had the opportunity to question the complainant under oath. It seemed that she didn't handle the questioning well. Mr. Stevens handled all of the witness questioning and arguments during the hearing, and it was clear how well prepared he was, how well he knew military law, and his performance was great.
Soon after the motion hearing, the government agreed to drop the court-martial and handle the case through administrative action instead. This allowed me to avoid a public felony-level criminal trial, and - knowing the environment in the military right now - the possibility of a federal criminal conviction, sex offender registration, and a sentence that could have included a lengthy prison sentence and dishonorable discharge...all despite my innocence.
If you face a serious military case, I would highly recommend Mr. Stevens. He truly knows his way around a military case and courtroom!"
Michael Coco, Military law Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.
Melvin Vaughn, Military law Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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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