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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!"
Posted by anonymous
Several years ago our son was discharged from the military with a discharge characterization of Under Other Than Honorable Conditions. We hired Richard Stevens to represent him before the Discharge Review Board (DRB) to attempt to upgrade his discharge to Under Honorable Conditions. Ultimately, they were successful due to Mr. Stevens' efforts on our son's behalf.
Mr. Stevens first assisted in preparing and submitting a written appeal to the DRB. The package was compelling. The DRB then granted a personal appearance to our son, and Mr. Stevens appeared with him at the DRB hearing. Despite the military's recommendations to the contrary, the DRB elected to upgrade our son's discharge to Under Honorable Conditions as requested. Obviously, this outcome had a dramatic impact on future educational and employment opportunities for our son.
Mr. Stevens was always promptly available to advise and assist our son. His written submission to the DRB was exceptional, and his representation of our son at the DRB was superb. His efforts played a major role in the successful outcome of the hearing, despite the fact that the odds were against it. I would highly recommend Mr. Stevens for any adverse military action or case.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Stevens was very prompt in returning my call. When I told him the nature of the situation he was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent information. I rate his services very highly and would definitely use him again if it became necessary.
Posted by Jeff
Rich did a great job talking me through my situation. Then helped me map out a plan to work through an Officer Grade Determintation to include plans if it didnt go my way. Hiring a lawyer seemed like a big decision to me, but Rich and his team made it easy and greatly decreased my stress level. If you think you need a lawyer with experience in military law....I wouldn't hesitate to use Rich Stevens.
Posted by anonymous
I am a military officer who was falsely accused of sexual assault by an acquaintance who had been drinking and claims not to remember what happened that night. I faced a general court-martial trial in which the government had three prosecutors, including a senior sex crimes prosecutor. I was represented and defended by Richard Stevens in this case. Prior to trial, Mr. Stevens represented me during my Article 32 hearing, which included cross-examination of witnesses and presenting evidence and arguments. The recommendation of the Investigating Officer was that my case should be dropped. Despite that, the case against me was not dropped by the government. Mr. Stevens then represented me in two different motion hearings, in which many legal issues were litigated and we were able to compel key evidence that assisted in the defense of my case.
My case then proceeded to trial. Mr. Stevens within the first few minutes showed me exactly why I hired him. He was aggressive, argumentative and controlled the court room that didn't believe was possible. His closing argument was better than I could have ever imagined. Ultimately, I was found not guilty of all charges.
There is no doubt in my mind, Richard Stevens should be the first attorney anyone consults when found facing court martial action. His attention to detail, is impeccable and he is widely respected among the community. I have already recommended him to friends in similar situations and there's no one better that can represent you.
Posted by anonymous
I was a retirement eligible senior NCO who was falsely accused of rape and sexual assault and was facing a general court-martial trial. A senior sex crimes prosecutor was on the case against me. I was represented and defended by Richard Stevens in this case. Mr. Stevens was amazing!
Ultimately, the case against me was dropped and I was able to retire honorably after decades of military service. I would highly recommend Mr Stevens as the best there is to offer when it comes to Defending on the UCMJ and Sexual Assault.
Rich was always available to answer any question I had, he gave sound advice and had multiple strategies for defending me, he did interviews, he new my case inside and out. Through his knowledge of the case and the UCMJ he filed numerous legal documents and motions which resulted in my case being dismissed.
If you need the best, Rich is your guy.
Posted by anonymous
I was falsely accused of drug use. I was represented by attorney Richard Stevens in this case. He assisted me in responding to the allegations and the impact these claims were having on my military career. Ultimately, I was cleared of the allegations and I have been able to move forward with my military career.
-Mr. Stevens was always accessible (calls, emails, and texts were answered in an expeditious manner).
-Legal expertise is unparalleled. Mr. Stevens writing (responses to my administrative punishment) was impressive. His writing style was well crafted and effective.
-He is forthright and his advice can be trusted.
-Reputation is first-class. I was recommended to him by my Commander. Moreover, when I informed the JA that my attorney was Mr. Stevens, his response was "you have one of the best attorneys money can buy." Thats the same JA that was thinking about taking me to a Courts-Martial.
Bottom Line- Mr. Stevens is the best civilian military defense lawyer. His reviews/reputation corroborates my opinion/review. Money well spent, five stars!
Posted by Thomas
Where to begin? Mr Stevens is by far the best attorney hands down. His knowledge and expertise is excellent. His was nothing more then helpful and answered any questions that I had. If I was facing him on the other end it would be a total nightmare.