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R. Davis Younts

R. Davis Younts

Military Law and Criminal Defense
  • Military Law, Criminal Law
  • Pennsylvania
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Passion for Justice - Compassion for People.

I provide criminal defenses services in Pennsylvania and military legal defense services worldwide. In addition to representing clients in state and Federal court, I represent military clients in Courts-Martial, Article 15s, Discharges and at the Board for Correction of Military Records.

In September of 2001, I was a law student at The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. On September 11th, I was on my way to a class on Tax Law when I heard the news that planes had hit both towers of the World Trade Center. The events of that unforgettable day prompted me to dedicate my legal studies and career to defend the freedom of all Americans.

I became an officer in the Air Force JAG Corps as soon as I graduated from law school. My passion as a JAG has always been to seek justice; no excuses and without apology. As a prosecutor, I successfully prosecuted cases that made the front page of the Air Force Times, but my true passion has always been to defend those accused of crime and ensure their rights are protected.

After serving as a prosecutor, Defense Counsel, and Senior Defense Counsel, I concluded my active duty military career as the Chief of Military Justice at the Air Force Judge Advocates General’s School. Once I realized that I had reached the pinnacle of my career as a criminal attorney in the Air Force, I knew it was time to leave active duty and pursue opportunities to fight for the rights of individual citizens.

Practice Areas
  • Military Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
ID Number: 89343
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Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
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Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
R. Davis Younts, Esquire
- Current
Pennsylvania National Guard
Chief, Military Justice Division
United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps
Senior attorney responsible for teaching trial advocacy and military justice at the Air Force Judge Advocate General's School.
Senior Defense Counsel
United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps
Senior defense attorney assigned to try complex cases and supervise Air Force defense attorneys throughout South Texas.
Defense Counsel
United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps
Military defense attorney assigned to the United States Air Force Academy.
United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps
Air Force Prosecutor and Judge Advocate at Joint Base San Antonio and the United States Air Force Academy.
Air University
M.S. (2012) | Military Operational Arts and Sciences
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Dickinson School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
Honors: National Order of the Barristers
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Liberty University
B.S. (1999) | Government
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Air Force JAG School Trial Advocacy Award
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Meritorious Service Medal
United States Air Force
Commendation Medal
United States Air Force
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal
Department of Defense
Professional Associations
State Bar of Pennsylvania  # 89343
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Articles & Publications
Orders and the Oath
Air Force Judge Advocate General's School
The United States v. You
Younts Law Pubishing
Speaking Engagements
Military Sexual Assault Litigation , Charlottesville, VA
Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School
Military Justice , Harrisburg, PA
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Court-Martial Attorney
United States Air Force
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. I have received medical board findings. I was found unfit and can the military hold me for AdminSep?
A: There may be some specific nuances in your case but as a general rule you cannot be held past an EAS date solely for the purpose of admin sep proceedings. The issue with your case is that if the start the misconduct based separation process fast enough then your case will be "dual-processed" meaning that the separation authority will review both basis for separation and pick either medical or misconduct. If you are separated for misconduct you would lose the medical retirement and need to rely on disability. How you fight this depends on factors that include branch of service and time in service. Happy to discuss further if you have additional questions.
Q. Military BCD and felony joy riding, 40yrs ago, wanting my gun rights restored. Clean since then, Any Chance?
A: Good Morning, It is possible to address these issues. You can apply for a discharge upgrade as well as have certain information removed from your record. Their are a lot of variables that you should discuss with an attorney that is experienced in dealing with these issues. I have had success in representing that used their post-service conduct/good citizenship as part of the argument for an upgrade. This is not an easy process and you do have a legal burden to overcome with the Board but it is possible. More information is available here:
Q. Is a lie detector test admissible in a court martial?
A: No. Lie detector test results are not admissible in court. But anything you say before, during, and after the test is.I would need more details to answer the second question. If your job requires a TS clearance then it is possible that refusing a lie detector related to a clearance screening would result in getting fired. However, no one can force you to take one. One option is to work with an attorney to have a private polygraph done confidentially. Sorry if this is vague but I would recommend speaking with an attorney privately about the details.
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R. Davis Younts, Esquire
26 North 9th Street
Lemoyne, PA 17043
Toll-Free: (833) 739-5291