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.
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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!
Anonymous review posted on
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.
Anonymous review posted on
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!
Posted by Michael
When I first consulted with Chance, I was looking to mitigate my own sex offender registration requirement in California. Not only did he give me advice with regard to California, he had found out that my case could be expunged in my original stae of conviction! With his advice, I was able to follow through and get my sex offense expunged, and no more registration in California!
Chance is the most uniquely qualified professional in regard to expungements, and his modest consultation fee ($100 in my case) has turned out to be my greatest investment to my own post-conviction future that I could have ever made! He definitely went well beyond the scope of my own request, and he will do the same for you.
Do NOT mistake his consulation fee to that of an attorney that offers "free consultation." An attorney who offers such is trying to get your business. This is not what Chance does. Chance is giving real, valid advice on how to proceed with your own circumstances. Advice, I might add, based upon experience and knowledge of law that no other California attorney can achieve and ANY consultation rate.
It must be noted that Chance has gone through the process himself, which makes him both cognitive of as well as empathic with his clients. In short, there is no better value, and in fact no better pragmatic legal advice, that you can get than from a consultation with Chance Oberstein.
Posted by Nick
I spent fifteen years as a 290 registrant and did not know I could take legal steps to end this nightmare. At an RSOL meeting I met a lady who referred me to Chance Oberstein. Chance was successful in obtaining an expungement for both my felony count and best of all a Certificate of Rehabilitation. He knows how to navigate his way through the court system labyrinth. He has an excellent working knowledge of process and excellent rapport with court personnel. In a system that that has lost it's reason, Chance knows how to manufacture Justice. I highly endorse Mr. Oberstein
Posted by Mark
This past week I was granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation after being told it would never happen numerous times.
Chance led the way through the process, demonstrating a tenacity and expertise unparalleled in my experience with other attorneys.
In researching for the appropriate representation amongst probably a dozen or so attorneys, I found that Chance was unique in that he had been through something similar and life changing himself.
Ironically it was the personal factors that caused the low AVVO rating that made me want to find out more about Chance.
Here’s an attorney not with a distant sympathy but with an active empathy for the struggle to succeed against overwhelming odds in a broken system.
Sure enough the reviews tell the real tale of Chance’s professionalism and track record, not the formula that produced the low rating.
Nothing about being caught up in the legal process is comfortable, but Chance was always focused and was as reassuring as could be.
Through the several years it took to get through my case, Chance was always there with answers and always figuring out the next move.
He was never deterred by setbacks and never pessimistic about the outcome. He often called me citing other relevant cases, sharing information and guiding me every step of the way.
I without hesitation recommend the services of Chance Oberstein to anybody in the process of applying for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. If Chance says he can help you, he absolutely can. He is the Sherpa that can lead you through the journey!