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Clark & Noonan, LLC. Reaches Not Guilty Verdict in Vehicular Homicide Case

Author Clark & Noonan, LLC
Posted June 16, 2017
Category Criminal Defense

Wall New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys serving Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and all surrounding NJ areas.

Posted: December 21, 2016

Sometimes auto accidents are just that—accidents. Unfortunately, these incidents often involve severe injuries and fatalities, which may lead to criminal charges such as vehicular homicide. That was the case for our client, Bryant Almanzar of Secaucus, New Jersey, after he fatally injured a pedestrian in February of 2015. Almanzar faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted, and our attorneys were able to achieve a not guilty verdict for Almanzar in early December.

There were a few aspects of this case that could not be proven through the accident investigation or expert testimony. The prosecution tried to assert that Almanzar was driving drunk when he struck the pedestrian, even though a blood test confirmed his BAC (blood alcohol content) was .036—less than half of the legal limit in New Jersey.

Determining the speed of Almanzar’s vehicle was an important step in reaching the not guilty verdict. An accident investigation by the State of New Jersey attempted to verify that the car was going well over the speed limit of 25mph. However, testimony from an engineer on behalf of Almanzar contradicted the state’s conclusion, stating it wasn’t possible to accurately determine the speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Ultimately, the jury was able to reach the conclusion that Almanzar was not guilty of reckless driving or driving while intoxicated and that it was an awful accident, not vehicular homicide.

The Importance of Choosing an Experienced Attorney

Our attorneys, Ryan Clark and Michael Noonan, were able to defend Almanzar using years of experience in criminal and civil law. Vehicular homicide charges are some of the most difficult cases a criminal defense attorney handles. The success record and experience of the attorney you choose could mean the difference between jail time and freedom.

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, call Clark & Noonan, LLC today at 732-333-3011 to schedule your FREE consultation. Our criminal defense and personal injury law firm serves clients throughout New Jersey including Monmouth County, Freehold, Essex, Jersey City and Hudson.

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