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We are very pleased with this verdict, and so is Mr. Almanzar.
FREEHOLD, NJ, December 13, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The law firm of Clark & Clark announced on Monday that a not guilty verdict was delivered by a jury in the death by auto case of Bryant Almanzar of Secaucus, New Jersey. Almanzar was charged with death by auto, DWI and resisting arrest after his car fatally struck a pedestrian in February 2015.
Partner attorneys Ryan Clark and Michael Noonan of Clark & Clark defended Almanzar at trial.
"We are very pleased with this verdict, and so is Mr. Almanzar," Clark said. "We feel that the jury realized that this was a tragic accident that occurred and was not vehicular homicide."
The trial began on Nov. 1. Noonan said in his opening statement that icy conditions caused Almanzar to lose control of his car - a fact corroborated by Almanzar's fiancee, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The prosecution attempted to argue that Almanzar was driving while intoxicated when his vehicle struck the pedestrian. However, a blood test showed that the defendant's blood alcohol content was .036 - not even half of the legal limit.
Clark and Noonan also presented testimony contradicting the findings of the state's accident investigation, which concluded that Almanzar was traveling at double the speed limit on County Avenue in Secaucus when the collision occurred. An engineer who appeared on Almanzar's behalf said that there was no way to determine conclusively the speed at which the defendant's vehicle was traveling.
Almanzar faced 5 to 10 years in prison if convicted of death by auto. Noonan said that the case is indicative of the importance of obtaining experienced counsel when facing criminal charges.
About Clark & Clark, LLC
Former New Jersey prosecutors Charles F. Clark and Ryan J. Clark now represent defendants in cases before federal, state and municipal courts. Partner attorney Michael S. Noonan practices criminal defense and civil law, representing plaintiffs in car accident, slip-and-fall, wrongful death and other personal injury claims.
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