Outgoing Message from ACSOL President Chance X. Oberstein

Dear ACSOL Members,

As I complete my fifth and final year as President of ACSOL, I notice that our organization, and membership at large, has never been more relevant and important for those of us working to improve the lives of registrants in California and across the nation.  I’ve come to think of ACSOL as best in its class in representing the interests and fighting for the civil rights of those most vulnerable in our society today:  registrants, their families and loved ones.  ACSOL has been about the business of educating, litigating and legislating.  Our organization provides abundant opportunities to do so by showing up, standing up and speaking out. As a result, we have continued to advocate, brainstorm, give back to our community, meet, network and socialize with friends and colleagues all over the country.

The changes around us—whether social, political, technological, scientific, economic or otherwise—require that we help our community navigate through new and increasingly complex legal landscapes, which profoundly impact the registrant community. In many instances, we are responsible to help shape these new legal landscapes.  Our terrific ACSOL community, including all our sister organizations, is a network on which we have become increasingly reliant when facing these new challenges and opportunities.

I’m proud of our organization’s successes over the past years, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members and the registrant community at large, introducing innovative legislation through our lobbying efforts, successful civil rights litigation, and providing outreach for those who are impacted most by the negative and pernicious effects of sex registration.  In the years ahead, I am sure we will continue these initiatives, as well as adding to and shaping the legal environment in new and innovative ways.

Thank you, members, for your continued participation and support of our community, and donors for your incredible financial support. Finally, I’d like to give a special shout-out of appreciation to our Board of Directors and to Janice Bellucci, our Executive Director, for their tireless work on behalf of the ACSOL, and to the Foundation for all the resources, guidance and support they provide each and every day.

Thank you all!

Wishing you a good and successful 2023!

Chance X. Oberstein
Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Who’s Who in America, 2021

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http://acsolcaliforniasexcrimesattorney.com 

 

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Thank you for everything you have done and provide

From Florida

Thanks for everything you have contributed to the fight!

William from Wisconsin

Dear Mr Oberstein, you will be missed. You were and are important. I would complain about you stepping down…but that would be selfish of me. I only got to speak to you a couple of times when the monthly meetings were live and in Los Angeles…gosh, I really am full of mixed emotions…you are like an instution yourself, a towering force within our community.

I hope I have conveyed the message that you are a decent and fine person that is much loved.

Last edited 27 days ago by James I

Thanks so much for your service, Chance!
Will you be a member of the Board of Directors?
Will your private practice still lean toward defending registrants?
Hope to see you in-person again at the next ACSOL in-person conference!

Last edited 27 days ago by Mike G

Thank you for your service of helping this community of Registrants that need legal help and a voice in these turbulent times of divisive politics and misinformation. You will be missed.

Mr. Oberstein,

Thank you for all your work, efforts, and support. I do hope you remain with ACSOL in some capacity. We are all blessed to have you in our lives.

Many, many thanks to you for your excellent Board leadership, Chance! Your efforts have benefited many, many Registrants! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
With best wishes to you for an excellent 2023!
– David

Chance,
You have been and always will be a becon of hope for the registrant community.
I thank God every day that I met you, it is because of you that today I’m a free person.
Free from the registry and all its implications.You are one of the finest persons and attorneys
I have ever met.
God bless you as you move forward through life and your law practice

It is customary to acknowledge the outgoing officer of a organization with an accolade for His or Her time during their appointment; but somehow I feel it would be a bit hollow to say JOB WELL DONE! with out me saying a few words about Mr Oberstein. From my early days of involvement with the movement I was fortunate to bear witness to Chance’s commitment and resolution to the cause. His determination and as of mater of fact attitude only brought reassurance to me that we had a champion. His devoted resources and willingness to apply His knowledge to straighten an already strong team. Dear Chance please know that your contributions to the our cause have left an indelible mark in the accomplishments of the organization and our lives. In a personal note your guidance in helping me navigate the ever challenging ways of the legal process to obtain the registry exclusion would for ever be one of the most humbling experiences of my life.I thought a lot about how to convey my gratitude to you for all you do for the organization and individually for my self, I can only think of one. THANK YOU.

Dear ACSOL Members: I am compelled to respond to share my experience we have had with Chance Oberstein. My boyfriend is on the registry for a situation that happened 34 years ago. He has experienced some of the unjust things that many of those on the registry experience. The situation had become so intolerable that we finally decided to do something about it. By profession, I handle the legal litigation of Intellectual Property infringement. I manage individual attorneys and teams of attorneys. Our company is not litigious, but when there is a strong need for justice we will litigate. While every case is different, what remains constant is the importance of attorney selection.

We have learned to always hire what we call the “best-in-class” attorney. Thus, we usually prevail. Having 40+ years’ experience selecting the right attorney for the case, I approached this situation in the same way. First I put a list together of all potential attorneys that I found from my dozens of hours of research. I ranked the order of the list with my best choices at the top. Chance’s name came up early in my research; therefore I was keenly interested in him as a possible attorney for our case. He was the first attorney on the list and the last attorney that I called.

Instead of first reaching out to the top attorneys on my list, I worked my list from the bottom up. I did this so that I could get some experience before calling my best choices. I vetted my entire list of 30+ attorneys.  Primarily I wanted to understand the attorney’s success rate in regard to the specific issues of our situation. I also wanted to know about the attorney’s belief system, core competency and case load. I had many more questions such as whether or not they were connected to the correct people in the judicial system that would be helpful to our case. I learned how to hone my questions by first calling the attorneys who were at the bottom of my list. By the time I was ready to call Chance I knew, because of my interviews, the exact key questions to ask. We had many conversations. In fact, he gave me a to-do list before he would even allow us to hire him. It gave us a high level of confidence that he interviewed us as much as we interviewed him. In every case that I have won in my past, the attorney or the firm also had a selection process. If they did not that was a definitely a red flag.

We ended up hiring Chance and we could not be happier. He has already helped us navigate through this crazy system. If one does something wrong, such as not following a process correctly, the case can be compromised negatively. He has already “saved” us from doing that many times over. Chance is thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent, a great listener and well connected in his ability to navigate the judicial system. He was the most knowledgeable attorney in the arena of sex offense that I interviewed and knowledge is power. The fact that he has personal experience in this area gives him a better understanding of what we go through and that was a big plus in my evaluation process. I feel we have a good case now because of the positioning Chance has done for us.  We are going to court to win.  

Chance I must say you’ve touched the lives of many including myself to the point that the coarse of my life has been greatly altered. By the Grace of God I stumbled across the ACSOL website in hopes to find a way out of this wretched registry having suffered its grueling laws since 94. As a result of practically being labeled as a leper I lost so much. I’m sure we all know the hardships that comes with being a registrant. I reached out immediately to Chance once I realized this was his field of expertise. I literally felt I had no shot of being removed from the registry considering my conviction that of a PC 234.4 F. Moving forward I sit here in my home with my wife and family to what I consider to be a free man. Yes, I’m off the registry!! I happened to retain Chance Oberstein as my Lawyer before the new tiered registry law went into effect giving enough time to obtain the 17b and 1203.4 which paved the way for my petition. The court hearing was nerve wrecking because there I stood in front of a judge without being classified a tier yet. Yup the DOJ hadn’t assigned me to a tier yet.  Chance assured me he’ll fight and boy did he, I still can’t explain exactly the magic Chance pulled off that day in court but the words “no longer required to register” coming from the judge felt like a ton of bricks was just takin off me. I was considered not only the first in LA county to be removed from the registry under the new tiered registry law but also possibly and I say possibly the first to be granted without a tier designation. I hired the best and I received the best results.  I know this is quite long, I just had to comment and publicly say thank you Chance for all your help and support. My family and I are forever grateful, I still can’t believe there’s no more compliance checks, no more annuals, no more worry or stress. I’ve struggled with work to make ends meet due to the label and for me to pass a background check is unbelievable. Good luck Chance with your endeavors, Well done my friend, you and Janice did make a great team and I’m sure you will be missed. Thank you ! 

Thank you for everything you do Chance. For anyone that’s able to, leave a review for Chance here to help get the word out about the great work he’s doing.

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Chance I must say you’ve touched the lives of many including myself to the point that the coarse of my life has been greatly altered. By the Grace of God I stumbled across the ACSOL website in hopes to find a way out of this wretched registry having suffered its grueling laws since 94. As a result of practically being labeled as a leper I lost so much. I’m sure we all know the hardships that comes with being a registrant. I reached out immediately to Chance once I realized this was his field of expertise. I literally felt I had no shot of being removed from the registry considering my conviction that of a PC 234.4 F. Moving forward I sit here in my home with my wife and family to what I consider to be a free man. Yes, I’m off the registry!! I happened to retain Chance Oberstein as my Lawyer before the new tiered registry law went into effect giving enough time to obtain the 17b and 1203.4 which paved the way for my petition. The court hearing was nerve wrecking because there I stood in front of a judge without being classified a tier yet. Yup the DOJ hadn’t assigned me to a tier yet.  Chance assured me he’ll fight and boy did he, I still can’t explain exactly the magic Chance pulled off that day in court but the words “no longer required to register” coming from the judge felt like a ton of bricks was just takin off me. I was considered not only the first in LA county to be removed from the registry under the new tiered registry law but also possibly and I say possibly the first to be granted without a tier designation. I hired the best and I received the best results.  I know this is quite long, I just had to comment and publicly say thank you Chance for all your help and support. My family and I are forever grateful, I still can’t believe there’s no more compliance checks, no more annuals, no more worry or stress. I’ve struggled with work to make ends meet due to the label and for me to pass a background check is unbelievable. Good luck Chance with your endeavors, Well done my friend, you and Janice did make a great team and I’m sure you will be missed. Thank you !

Thank you for your work on our behalf.

A word about Mr. Oberstein:

My experience with Mr. Oberstein as my attorney showed me an extremely experienced, seasoned lawyer that has successfully helped me to get off probation and reducing my felony status to a misdemeanor. In a few years I would not hesitate to call on Mr. Oberstein to help me get off the registry. I have full confidence of his abilities and competence. 

Thank you for all the work, effort, and support you had for me in my journey and, thank you for your service for all of us registrants thru the ACSOL Organization. I do hope you remain with ACSOL in some capacity.

All the best to you sir in your new endeavors.
 
Anonymous

Thank you, Chance, not only for five outstanding years as president of this organization, but for the many more you have given to members of this community. You have been a brilliant advocate on behalf of registered citizens, seeking to right wrongs through education and litigation, and the one true leader in the field of post-conviction relief. 

I can tell the readers of this board this much: If I had known Chance Oberstein when I first entered into this madness, my situation would have turned out much better. It was only after I had entered into a terrible plea deal that I heard of this organization and Chance. One call and one conference later and I realized I had just met the best criminal litigator I would ever encounter. Through his skill, experience and uncanny knowledge about when to subtly apply pressure, he was able to shorten the term of my probation, gain me a reduction for my offense and get it expunged. 

When the much-debated tiered registry bill moved my non-contact, non-cp, now reduced and expunged single offense from being invisible with a good chance for COR removal at the ten-year mark, to full disclosure and a lifetime sentence, Chance set to work to correct this insanity. He always takes the time to answer my panicked calls, provides calm reassurance and continues to remind me that change in this arena requires time, timing and patience. 

I will always be grateful to Chance, Janice Bellucci, and all members of the ACSOL Board for their tireless efforts to fight for us all. Where there once was no opportunity, now there is hope. 

Chance, I was very happy to learn you would continue on as a member of the ACSOL Board. I hope I never meet a person who is facing the kind of terror that so many of us on this site have faced, but I do know this: If I ever do, you are the only attorney I would ever recommend to defend them.

Thank you again for all you have done, and will continue to do. 

I am so grateful for the five years Chance has served as President of ACSOL. Upon hearing that he was stepping down from his position, I felt compelled to share my story with the members of this community, just to let you know what he did for us.

When my adult, developmentally-disabled son was arrested for an offense against a minor, I was terrified and had no idea what to do. I was fortunate to know someone who told me that the only attorney I should put my trust in was Chance Oberstein. I am so glad that I did, because the outcome Chance was able to earn for my son was legendary.

My son’s disability is subtle and not always evident to someone who first meets him. When we first met with Chance, he took on the role of prosecutor or judge, questioning, watching, listening and when necessary, pressing. At the end of the meeting, he turned to me and said, “I see it. I get it.” He told me this would be a difficult case that would require our family’s full involvement to get an outcome that would give my son a chance for a life. He carefully laid out a detailed plan, told me what he needed me to do, and then got to work.

Our case took four years to reach a conclusion. Along the way, we faced a hostile calendar court judge, more prosecutors that I can remember, a lengthy pre-plea meeting with Probation, a motion for diversion, an appeal from that decision, and ultimately an Appeals Court victory. Through it all, Chance gave support, guidance, and when needed, reassurance. 

I really have had no experience with the legal process. What I know comes from television, the “Perry Mason Moments”. I was impressed with Chance’s quiet, determined and focused precision. Slowly and carefully, he seemed to sway the judge, and several prosecutors, towards a more complete understanding of my son’s disability. 

Ultimately, Chance was able to fashion a plea for my son that included no custody time, no registration, and a three-year term of probation. We are nearly at the end of that term, but even now, six-and-a-half years later, he is still checks in with us to make sure things are going well, and offering encouragement and needed advice. 

Like many mothers, I never expected to be in this predicament. I had no idea what to expect, from both the legal system, or from an attorney. Meeting Chance was a godsend. I thank you for all you have done for my son, and all that I know you will continue to do for people like him. I feel in my heart that if it weren’t for you, the outcome of my son’s case would have been much, much different. We are truly grateful.

Chance Oberstein is a godsend. His experience and knowledge is far beyond anything I have encountered in any lawyer. What’s more, he is sensitive, tolerant, wise and honest. His understanding of these laws and how to deal with them is superior. His ability to analyze a situation is phenomenal. The direct, intelligible, empathic way he explains this complex field is extraordinary. Most important, his empathy and ability to share his experience, help guide decisions and paths makes even the most difficult path easier to navigate-which makes decisions and positive outcomes far more likely. I felt I had a friend, advisor, lawyer and even family member with me. There is no one on each I would recommend higher

This is a great message, but I hope it does not mean the end of Chance’s participation in ACSOL! From my view, he and Janice are a great leadership team and it gives me comfort knowing they and the other ACSOL leaders are watching out for us.  I attended the 2019 ACSOL conference where Chance was a keynote speaker. He was introduced as the attorney who had represented more registrants in post-conviction rehabilitation than any other attorney in California. This is a remarkable achievement, since he had to earn his way back into the legal profession after going through what we went through. I am not sure people know that part of Chance’s story, and if you haven’t watch his talk from that conference, you should: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saJjs2LYb3g   
After that talk, I realized that Chance rebuilt his life and then used his unique position to help registrants in both his practice and by volunteering for all these years with ACSOL. I have personally benefitted from Chance’s experience and guidance at the meetings.  It is amazing to read some of these comments from and about former clients of Chance’s on this website. He doesn’t seem to speak about his legal victories in public, probably to protect his clients’ confidentiality, but I’m sure there is a huge chorus of people who are grateful to you for your service and sacrifices on our behalf whether or not they see this message or post a comment. Please stay – we need you!

Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do to help provide some protection to this fragile community and to bring the recognition that recovery and redemption can be part of our daily lives.

Wow. This literally gave me chills. Your hard work and dedication to the cause has positively impacted so many lives. I know personally, I will continue to fight the good fight and will never forget the inspiration you gave me to continue on. There is life after registration for those who are not willing to give up. Thank you Chance for all that you’ve done for so many. Wishing you and yours the best of 2023! After successfully getting out of California I’m going to continue to kick ass out here in Pennsylvania!!! 

Thank you Chance for continuing to move our cause forward and helping so many of us navigate the many legal Challenges. Your reviews speak volumes toward your effort to help!

Highly recommend you contact Attorney Chance Oberstein with legal matters!

In the summer of 2013, I met Chance Oberstein when he first spoke at one of the first conferences I attended then called CA RSOL. I was very impressed by his background and experience. I saved Chance’s card not knowing I would need his expertise for a young family member. Over the past ten years I have had occasion to work with him on matters pertaining to the registry as well as a sticky criminal situation. Chance is a brilliant no nonsense criminal attorney who does not give up. Chance works well with young adults who make mistakes. He doesn’t judge the person nor the behavior. He stays focused on the end goal to prove his client’s innocence. He is best in class and I will always be grateful to him.

I’m sorry to see you go Chance, but I’ll take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for everything you’ve done with ACSOL, the cause of sex offender defense and legal reform.

Chance has been my attorney long before I’d heard of ACSOL. I’ve been fighting to clean up my record and get off the registry constantly for over 20 years. I am a veteran of 290 law and attorneys at this point, and contracted Chance after my precedent expungement case when it was time to have the felonies reduced and get the Certificate of Rehabilitation about 10 years ago. 
I chose him because of his unique qualifications and empathy in this area of law.  
Chance managed to get me through both those victories with very solid representation so there were no objections from judge or DA. 

I can see and appreciate all that same care and expertise he brought to ACSOL in helping so many other people. Even though I am still (for some reason?) on the registry (tier 3?!) I am hoping that through the ongoing efforts of Janice and ACSOL that I will someday achieve that final and elusive victory of registry relief through some other future legal precedent. It’s fair to say that I would not be in a position now to ever even hope to be eligible for registry removal without Chance’s prior help in laying the groundwork with my other victories. Thanks again Chance for all you’ve done.