Posted by Charis B
Chance Oberstein helped me get my life back after twelve years of anxiety as a registered sex offender. This is a minor miracle.
I believe Chance is simply the most competent specialist in post-conviction relief for sex offenders in California. For Chance, winning relief for eligible registrants is a cause and a passion. He does not approach these cases with a “business-as-usual” attitude. He takes great pride in helping people restore their lives.
In 2005, I was convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense. Fortunately, my offense was one of the few that qualified for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and removal from the registry. In 2015, I began a serious search for help in obtaining my COR. I started by consulting the attorneys I used to get my termination of probation and expungement. They seemed flummoxed by the COR process, so I had to look elsewhere.
I interviewed the lawyers my former attorneys recommended, as well as someone who was recommended by the Bar Association. These attorneys also did not inspire confidence. They either knew little about CORs, had no documented success in obtaining them for clients, charged exorbitant fees, or hyped false promises of success. One even discouraged me from applying.
I was really at the end of my options when I found Chance. I knew immediately by the questions he asked me that he was an expert in these cases. Unlike the other attorneys, he was realistic and focused. He wanted to make sure I truly qualified before he took my case.
The road to a COR is complex, draining, and and nerve-wracking. It involves asking friends to write letters in support, subjecting yourself and others to intense scrutiny by investigators, anticipating court dates with anxiety, overcoming possible glitches, and dealing with numerous other hurdles.
Making the COR even more confusing is the inconsistency in both procedures and outcomes among the various jurisdictions in California. It is very hard to find comparative information that you can use to guide you in your county. Chance has so much experience and success with these cases that he can help you navigate the bureaucracy in your particular situation.
The COR is not a process that should be undertaken without expert help and advice. It is requires that the attorney helping you be available for questions, emotionally supportive, and determined above all else to win your case.
When I finally got my COR in San Francisco, after a year of delays due to changes in personnel at the DA’s office, among other setbacks, I could barely believe the ordeal was finally over. I can’t express my gratitude enough for Chance’s constant guidance through this grueling process.
Chance is the authority on post-conviction relief for sex offenders. No other attorney that I interviewed even came close in terms of knowledge, experience, and professionalism. On top of his expertise, Chance offers personal understanding of what it means to be in the vise-grip of anxiety about constantly changing registration laws.
If you have any opportunity at all for relief from registration and want the most competent counsel in California, don’t waste your time with other attorneys. Consult with Chance Oberstein first.
Posted by Eric
Chance Oberstein knows what he's doing especially with Post Conviction relief in one of the hardest ares of law. I am very happy right now because he was able to get my probation terminated early even with many complicating factors that could have gone against me, some of which involve immigration law. Chance navigated my situation masterfully and he got me the result I wanted. Also, I really like the fact that he took the time necessary to explain everything to me in detail so I always knew what was going on and what the plan was. Now he will help me with PC 290 relief and I am very confident I will get a positive result with Chance Oberstein representing me.
Posted by anonymous
Chance Oberstein is an exceptional attorney. I recently became eligible for a certificate of rehabilitation. Because my commitment offense related to sex with a minor I knew it would be an uphill battle. I met with Mr. Oberstien for a consultation and we reviewed my case. Once he determined that I was indeed eligible for a certificate of rehabilitation I retained him. His price was very fair. I had gotten several quotes and his was by far the most reasonable, particularly considering his skill level.
The county I reside in does it’s best never to grant certificates of rehabilitation to anyone with a sex offense involving a minor. During the course of the investigation D.A. investigators harassed my family and my neighbors as well as me. In addition to providing a buffer between those members of law enforcement harassing me, and handling all aspects of my Certificate of Rehabilitation filing, Chance provided moral support as I went through these stressful events. Most lawyers have a very poor bedside manner but he was empathetic and kind and that was very helpful.
The D.A. and the judge did all they could short of breaking the law to try and prevent our success but our case was so well prepared and airtight that it left them no legal foundation to deny it. They would have exploited any small oversight or mistake on our part. There were none. If they had denied it we had a plan for how to appeal and beat them in that phase. We were prepared for anything. Other attorneys I spoke with in the area told me that I was wasting my time even applying in my county and that I would not succeed. We did succeed. I am no longer forced to register. I have recovered my freedom. I am beyond grateful. If you are serious about getting your certificate of rehabilitation Chance Oberstein is by far the best option.
Posted by Shaun
I was impressed from the start and hired Chance immediately after our first meeting. He was highly informed and very straightforward with the entire legal process moving forward in regards to my case. He explained in detail each step of the process to eventually get to a point of early probation termination, reduction, expungement, and an eventual certificate of rehabilitation. I have been working with him for two years now as he has been there for me through a probation issue and most recently a successful early termination of probation (One and a half years early!)
He has been such an asset in regards to my situation and I couldn't be more grateful to have someone like him on my side. He has always gone out of his way to make himself available when needed and he always has taken the time to answer all of my questions and concerns without making me feel like it was ever a burden. My experience with my previous attorney was completely opposite so Chance has been a very welcome change. His fees are also very fair in terms of what you get. I guarantee if you went to another attorney, you would pay way more money and get far less effort and time. I see now why he came so highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous
From the first day I met Chance, I knew he was the right attorney. He was highly recommended by at expert in COR cases and now I can see why. Chance walked me through each and every step of the legal process and advised me on what to expect and how to best prepare for the my COR hearing. He was strategic and knew how to the craft response to ensure the greatest likelihood for success. Many thanks to his outstanding efforts for his efforts. Don't trust anyone else but Chance to handle important legal matters. Trust me you will not regret it.
Posted by Alex G.
In 2005 I was convicted of a felony sexual battery charge, which in California is one of the few sexual convictions that are eligible for a certificate of rehabilitation. At the time of my conviction I did not know how important this would be 11 years later.
In 2012 after my case got expunged, I began looking for a lawyer who could help me with obtaining the Certificate of Rehabilitation, and I came across many who promised a CoR plus a Governors pardon. If you come across a lawyer who makes such promises, don’t walk away, run!
When I met Chance Oberstein it was clear to me from the very beginning that this man knows what he’s doing, and most of all, that he is honest. He listened very closely to the details of my case and my efforts to rehabilitate myself. At no time did he ever judge me for what I had done. This is especially important to me, as shame runs deep, and I’m very sensitive to being shamed. Based on what he heard he decided to take me on as a client. Now, mind you that this is an important aspect of this review. Chance does not take on clients to get rich. He carefully assesses if the petitioner has a reasonable chance to obtain a CoR.
Rarely have I seen a lawyer who pays as much attention to detail as Mr Oberstain does. For example, as we prepared the supporting documents, he found a minute detail that could have jeopardized the success of the petition. After careful consideration, he changed the strategy accordingly, and what could have been a possible deal breaker became a non-issue in court. Throughout the process Chance provided guidance on legal as well as emotional levels. He was always reachable for questions and his answers and advice were spot on. His thorough understanding of the legal process as well as his non-judgmental attitude helped me get through this process feeling safe and cared for from beginning to end.
To sum it up: If you need legal help with post conviction relief, Chance Oberstein is the right attorney to hire. The money I spent hiring him as my counsel to obtain the Certificate of Rehabilitation was worth every penny!
Posted by anonymous
I have been working with Chance Oberstein for the past 1 1/2 years to resolve my unique and complicated case. In 1981 I committed a misdemeanor sex offense that required me to register as a sex offender. After spending years registering as a sex offender, I was told that is was not possible of get a Certificate of Rehabilitation. Chance not only made it possible, but the certificate was granted.
Although My Live Scan indicated that the offense was a misdemeanor, the penal code section indicated otherwise. This was because the penal code numbers were changed in the interim. This confusion caused the District Attorney to argue to disallow the application for Certificate of Rehabilitation.
Because it was such an old case all my records in the court had been destroyed and there was no way to prove my case. Chance was able to prove to the judge that the offense was a misdemeanor and convince him to rule in my favor. The Certificate of Rehabilitation was granted and I will no longer have to register as a sex offender.
Throughout this long ordeal Chance proved to be a reliable and competent advocate. He is skillful, empathetic, but objective. He was responsive to my many, many questions and always returned phone calls and e-mails. He traveled numerous times over three counties to help me in court. His manner was calm, assertive, but not aggressive. He was completely thorough and competent and always conducted himself at the highest level of professionalism. He has my complete trust.
Chance Oberstein is a solid professional who practices nothing but the best law who exemplifies that even is the case is difficult and complicated, with the help of an excellent attorney a person can obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Relief from Registration as a sex offender.
Posted by JB
Hired Chance Oberstein on International Travel issues under both Cal 290 and US SORNA. Not only did Chance find the answers, within 3 weeks he able to reverse a large Northern California Police department's illegal practices on travel requirements.
Chance Oberstein is thorough and will take your case seriously. He will always explore the subject and ramifications fully before rendering an opinion and when he does you can be sure it will be sound legal advice.
He's the lawyer who knows more then the prosecutor and many times the Judge as well.
As for the AVVO rating, seems similar to the one-size-fits-all approach of California's 290. Chance's rating would likely be 9.9 in Nevada... All of which has honed his skills in YOUR favor.
When your post-conviction back is against the wall, get some real relief and hire Mr. Oberstein.
Posted by Michael
Chance is the most uniquely qualified lawyer to research and advice on sex offender issues in the state, particularly if you are looking to reduce sex offender registration or expungement issues. I paid $100 for a consultation, and his research indicated that I could get an expungement for my offense, which I never would have thought possible. A year later, my expungement was granted, and my registration requirement was removed as well! This was absolutely the most productive $100 I have ever spent to improve the quality of my life.
Most people think that consultation fees are free, which they may be in many cases. But those free "consultations" are not consultations as much as assessments to attempt to get your business for expensive legal services. Chance charges a reasonable fee, but you will get far more pertinent consultation results that you can use effectively. The advice that Chance gives is the end result of vast amounts of experience in a field that most lawyers are only starting to engage in.
I am very happy for the work that Chances has performed, and now he is on my short list for other legal matters I will have. I highly recommend his service, starting with his reasonably-priced consultation.
Posted by anonymous
I have been embroiled in a legal case for almost 15 years now as I am fighting to clean up my record from a case that occurred in 2001. For the last few steps I have had Chance Oberstein as my lawyer.
Chance has provided a wide range of expertise to navigate a variety of legal motions for me, ranging from a successful reduction of charges all the way to winning a Certificate of Rehabilitation. Through the most challenging steps Chance has always been focused on the positive outcome and never wavered.
It's rare to find a lawyer with the all-around combination of legal skills, ability to fight and win, and able to listen and understand the client. It was not unusual for me to get calls after hours or on weekends from Chance as he always seems to be working and thinking about cases ad strategies.
I highly recommend Chance, he's a great guy to have on your side!