When you need an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer with a winning record, get in touch with Wolfley & Wolfley, P.S.
Motor Vehicle Crime? Theft? Assault? Wolfley & Wolfley, P.S. has broad experience representing men and women charged with criminal offences.
Our goal is to prove innocence, but we have successfully ensured that clients’ constitutional rights have been met when innocence is not the question, thus minimizing jail time or fines and helping our clients return home to their families as quickly as possible.
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State v. Ross – Pending Trial
Lane Wolfley has recently been appointed as attorney for Tommy Ross, Jr. This is a First Degree Murder charge stemming from the death of a young Port Angeles woman, Jane Bowcutt, back in April 1978. It is a complex case involving fingerprints, DNA analysis, dated evidence, and many other influences and factors.
There have been several developments behind-the-scenes on this matter. The following article explains why the trial should be re-set to later. Lane Wolfley has worked long hours daily to get all the evidence together to mount Mr. Ross’s defense. As always, the evidence is vital.
DUI Case Dismissed
State v. Batey – Case Dismissed
Mr. Batey left the casino one afternoon, heading east. A State Trooper spotted him leaving, recognized him, and decided to follow to see if he might be under the influence. The Trooper tailed Mr. Batey almost to the county line. He could not see any weaving, line crossing, or other indications of power. Still, he turned on his lights and pulled Mr. Batey over the county line.
He smelled alcohol and had Mr. Batey take the breathalyzer. He determined that Mr. Batey was under the influence and arrested him. He later wrote in his probable cause statement that Mr. Batey was pulled over because his muffler was too loud.
Joseph Wolfley brought a motion to suppress any evidence after the stop because the stop itself was pretextual; there was no probable cause to stop and arrest Mr. Batey in the first place.
At the hearing, Mr. Wolfley invited the judge to walk down to the parking lot to hear the defendant’s muffler. The judge did. It was an uncanny thing, but as the judge exited the building, a huge, shiny, brand-new F350 passed in front of the courthouse with one of the loudest mufflers that ever growled through downtown Port Angeles.
The judge admitted that he thought that might be the vehicle until he turned to the left and saw the defendant sitting in his little 1991 Ford Ranger, purring away quietly. The judge asked Mr. Batey to rev his vehicle up to high rpm, but it was as quiet as a muffler. The judge peaked under the truck to see that the muffler was old and unrepaired.
Then, we went back to the courtroom, where the judge suppressed all the evidence for lack of probable cause, effectively ending the case.