Some of the most tragic cases the Bay Area vehicular manslaughter attorneys at Dudek & Cintean LLP handle involve vehicle accidents that result in death. In fatality cases where the collision occurred due to a driver’s negligence but where no intoxicating substances or wrongful intent are involved, the Bay Area District Attorneys’ offices will typically level the charge of misdemeanor manslaughter. In cases involving drugs or alcohol with no prior DUI convictions, the prosecutors typically charge felony gross or aggravated vehicular manslaughter. In fatality cases involving drugs or alcohol where the person accused has a prior conviction for DUI, second degree murder is often charged.
According to a statement released by the Berkeley police department on December 12, 2012 a collision between a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle occurred sometime around 3:11 PM at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Rose in Berkeley. Many other details were not released but we do know that the motorcycle rider died a short time later at a local hospital. The information released did confirm that the driver of the other vehicle involved in this fatality accident did remain on the scene and was cooperative with Berkeley police. Drugs or alcohol were not suspected as a factor.
The Berkeley police did remain on the scene for several hours following the accident, methodically conducting their investigation. In cases involving the death of a pedestrian or a motorist it is not uncommon for the initial investigation to last a few hours. Most police departments will have a special team assigned to investigate major collisions. In this case, the Berkeley Police Department Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) was dispatched to the scene and was in charge of the investigation.
Our team of experienced attorneys have handled fatality cases on both sides of the system, as prosecutors and as Bay Area defense attorneys.
if you have been involved in a collision resulting in someone’s death, contact us today even if charges have not yet been brought against you. It is not uncommon for the government to wait until an investigation in completed before filing charges. This could unfortunately be anywhere from a few days to a few months. This time period is critical and an experienced manslaughter attorney can work on your behalf to try and avoid eventual criminal charges.
The Bay Area vehicular manslaughter attorneys at Dudek & Cintean LLP work as a team together with experienced investigators and major collision experts to obtain the best results for their clients. Whether you are looking for a vehicular manslaughter defense attorney in Walnut Creek, Martinez, Concord, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill, San Francisco or Redwood City, call our offices today to schedule a confidential consultation.