Charles Christian Young

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Cohen and Wolf, P.C.
Charles Christian Young
Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Personal injury, Civil litigation; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1998

Education: Quinnipiac University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

1115 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604 Visit website


Charles Christian Young is a criminal defense and civil litigation attorney at the law firm of Cohen and Wolf, P.C., with offices in Bridgeport, Danbury and Westport, Connecticut. Working out of the Bridgeport office, he serves clients across the State of Connecticut including the New Haven and Fairfield County regions. His practice areas are focused on:

·       Criminal defense:  Including homicide, controlled substances, firearms, economic / white collar, domestic, motor vehicle, and, juvenile cases.  

·       Personal injury cases:  Including motor vehicle injuries, premises defect injuries, and, injuries to victims of crimes such as assault and DUI. 

With more than two decades of experience, Mr. Young is a skilled litigator who has handled numerous  complex corporate and civil litigation matters and defended clients in both state and federal courts. He has also represented clients before the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners and the DMV in administrative hearings. Serving a diverse clientele ranging from corporations to individuals, Mr. Young has recovered substantial settlement amounts and protected the interests of his clients in numerous complex cases. 

Graduating from Calvin College with a bachelor’s degree, Mr. Young pursued his legal studies at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he was a part of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the Appellate Clinic and the Moot Court Honor Society. Earning his Juris Doctor and admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1998, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. 

Mr. Young has been peer-review rated as AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, for his high professionalism and quality legal representation. In addition, Moffly Media has listed him among the Top Lawyers in Fairfield County for criminal defense, and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has honored him for his Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Defense in 2017. He also holds a “Superb” rating on Avvo. 

Sharing his legal knowledge with up-and-coming lawyers, Mr. Young conducts seminars and lectures on various topics like constitutional law and firearms law. He is an active member of the Fairfield County Bar Association, the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Moreover, he gives back to the community by serving as a member of the Board of Education for the Town of Orange.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Civil litigation: defense, Constitutional law

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Probation, Prosecution, Sex offenses, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Personal injury - defense

First Admitted: 1998, Connecticut

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • FFL - Federal Firearms Licensee
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Gateway Community College, Constitutional Law, Guest Lecturer, 2016-2018
  • National Business Institute, Firearms Laws, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Connecticut
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  •   U.S. District Court District of Connecticut  
  • Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ansonia/Milford Grievance Panel, 2007-2013
  • Town of Orange Board of Education, Buildings and Grounds/Safety and Security Committee, Member
Educational Background:
  • Calvin College, B.A., 1995
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers, 2014-2022, Super Lawyer, Martindale Hubbel, 2022
  • Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Defense, Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 2017
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers' "Top 100 New England Super Lawyers", 2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Distinguished Service, Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers' "Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers", 2017
Representative Clients:
  • Numerous pistol permit holders had permit privileges restored based on representative showing of fitness, suitability, and/or legal eligibility, 2022
  • Estate of deceased passenger in DUI motor vehicle accident represented in the probate process and civil recovery process, 2022
  • Defending and counterclaims in a business dissolution action between partners, 2021
  • Administrator for FFL commercial premises and personal firearms accounting and disposition by way of probate court, 2020
  • Constitutional 1983 violation lawsuit brought against the Public Health Director of the Town of Orange, Connecticut, for exclusively targeting religion and religious gatherings with Covid-driven prohibitions.  Our Lady of Sorrows Church Inc. et al. v. Dr. Amir Mohammad, No. 3:20-cv-00674 (D. Conn. 2020)  , 2020
  • Premises defect settlement with a motorcycle dealership when a patron was injured by the falling of a motor cycle that had not been properly placed on its kick-stand., 2019
  • STRATFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT v. BOARD OF FIREARMS PERMIT EXAMINERS et al., 343 Conn. 62, Supreme Court of Connecticut.  Successfully defended the State of Connecticut Board of Permit Firearm Examiners decision and the statutory scheme providing for pistol permit eligibility in favor of the individual client who sought and was granted his permit., 2022
  • Murder charges dropped against client in Waterbury Superior Court during trial asserting justified self defense and duress., 2022
  • Southern District of New York white collar fraud conspiracy case resolved with a sentence far below the Guidelines range, 2022
  • Constitutional 1983 violation lawsuit brought against the Public Health Director of the Town of Orange, Connecticut, for exclusively targeting religion and religious gatherings with Covid-driven prohibitions.  Our Lady of Sorrows Church Inc. et al. v. Dr. Amir Mohammad, No. 3:20-cv-00674 (D. Conn. 2020)  , 2020
  • Motorcyclist catastrophically injured by negligent SUV operator recovered over $1m, 2020
  • Podpolucha v. Zero Gravity - minor injured on a commercial trampoline, 2017
  • State of Connecticut v. Pizarro - not guilty of murder by way of self defense, 2017
  • Dur-A-Flex, Inc. v. Samet Dy, et al - pro hac vice counsel for foreign corporate defendant - dismissed, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Administrative
  • Complex Litigation
  • Firearms Dealers and Individuals
  • Juvenile
  • Motor Vehicle

Office location for Charles Christian Young

1115 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: 203-883-6581


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

Top lists

Top 50: Connecticut Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018, 2020 Top 100: New England Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018

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