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Never a prosecutor and always for the defense, Mr. Young relishes the challenge of fighting for the underdog and winning difficult cases while getting excellent results for clients.

Born and raised in the bay area, Mr. Young went to college at UCLA.  He returned to the bay area for law school with a keen interest in criminal law.  Mr. Young was a certified law clerk at the San Francisco Public Defender's and Alameda County Public Defender's offices, before graduating and becoming a deputy public defender in Merced County.  At the public defender's office, he learned the tools of the trade by being aggressive and winning motions and trials. At his conclusion of three years in Merced, he was awarded a trophy for outstanding advocacy.

One of Mr. Young's favorite cases involved a client that was on a motorcycle going over 100 mph in a residential street while being chased by a police officer with lights and sirens.  The entire chase was captured on film.  The prosecution thought it was a slam dunk, until the officer was cross-examined.  The officer admitted to changing a verbatim statement he previously said under oath.  This resulted in a hung jury on a felony evasion charge and an acquittal on a felony drug charge.  The judge said Mr. Young did an amazing job to win an "unwinnable" case.

Mr. Young then joined a private criminal defense firm in the bay area.  He is familiar with every courthouse achieving fantastic results from all counites in the bay area: Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.    

When not defending the accused, Mr. Young relaxes by playing the guitar, reading books on poker, philosophy and theology, playing basketball and rooting for my favorite sports teams.  Go Warriors, Niners, Giants and last but not least the UCLA Briuns!


Languages spoken: English, Hmong

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Contact info

Law Offices of Darryl E. Young

806 W. 19th Street
Merced, CA, 95340

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    8 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Employment: 10%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Wayne Donaldson

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    Michael Donaldson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Joseph Steve Franco

    I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Young. He will go up to bat for you in court. He is very well-respected in the legal community by judges and opposing counsel. He is smart, methodical, and rigorous in his application of the law to your case. You won't be disappointed.


    Joseph Franco Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Top ContributorAvvo2014
Avvo Top ContributorAvvo2013
Outstanding AdvocacyMerced County Public Defender2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of Darryl E. Young2013 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyA Criminal Defense Firm2012 - 2013
Deputy Public DefenderMerced County Public Defender2008 - 2012
Certified legal internAlameda County Public Defender's Office2006 - 2006
Certified legal internOffice Of The San Francisco Public Defender2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southeast Asian American Professional AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Merced County Rescue MissionBoard of DirectorsN/A
Love Inc.Board MemberN/A
Merced County Bar AssociationTreasurerN/A
Merced County Jail MinistryVice PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. TorresClient acquitted of possession for sale
People v. BakabakDismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesGuide to a first time DUI in California2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hmong legal conference in MercedHow to preserve your constitutional rights!2010