Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations:
Attorney Young received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1979 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar that same year. Mr. Young is an active member of the Coffee County Bar Association where he served as President from 1987 to 2003. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), National College for DUI Defense, and Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (GCDLA). He is a lifetime member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA) where he served on the board of directors for more than ten years and served as President in 2017.
Mr. Young is the 1994 recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award presented by the Alabama State Bar for his contributions in defending people charged with criminal offenses. In 2004 and 2007, he received the ACDLA President's Award, and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Roderick Beddow Lifetime Achievement Award for Criminal Defense; the most prestigious award given by the ACDLA for service in the criminal defense field.
Criminal Defense (DUI, Drug Charges, Felony/Misdemeanor Charges) and Domestic Relations (Divorce, Custody, Paternity, Child Support) in the following counties:
Criminal Defense in the following municipalities:
Based solely on the testimony of one witness, Bobby Monaghan was convicted and sentenced to life without the possiblity of parole. After serving twelve years in prison, Attorney Paul Young was contacted by Monaghan's family. Learning that the lone witness against Monaghan in his trial had recanted his statement, Attorney Young set out to get Monaghan's case back in court. After a hearing wherein the witness stated he lied about Monaghan's involvement, the Court vacated the sentence against Monaghan.
Although vacating Monaghan's sentence would aide in him being released from prison where he had already spent the last twelve years of his life, the Sodomy charge against Monaghan remained. Attorney Young zealously fought for Monaghan and the the charge was later dismissed.
All too often wrongful convictions are returned and life changing sentences are handed down. As Attorney Young often says, taking a quote from John Wayne, "My fault, your fault, nobody's fault; it just ain't right." To that end, Attorney Young has dedicated his entire professional life and most of his personal life to dare defend the rights of the accused.