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Fighting Helps

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Jul 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is nothing wrong with fighting and there is a real chance that you will come out with a better deal. If you plead guilty, you will be guilty. Fighting is your only chance to end up with something better.

Do I Need An Attorney?

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Jun 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

I get asked all the time…”Do I need a DUI attorney for my case?” or “Can't I just represent myself and get the same result?" First of all, not all DUI arrests end up as DUI convictions! That being said, how will you know whether pleading guilty or going to trial is a good choice? It depends on a...

Making Sense of SR22 in California

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alright, so you may have just been convicted of DUI in Fresno or maybe you just got arrested for DUI and are now worried about how it may impact your California driver’s license and auto insurance premium. Well, in addition to expensive fines, detailed alcohol education classes, and maybe even some jail time, your license and auto insurance will most definitely be affected after a DUI.

Your Right to Counsel in Fresno

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am sure that you have the heard the following phrase on television and in movies: “You have the right to an attorney . . . ,” but what does that really mean? Do you get an attorney for every situation - no matter what the crime or how severe the penalty may be?

Fighting Teen DUI's in Fresno with Education

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year, teen drivers right here in Fresno are getting arrested and charged with DUI (driving under the influence) and other alcohol-related offenses. While it is unfortunate for any individual to get arrested for DUI in Fresno, it is even more troubling when it involves a teen driver.

Fresno Man Gets 10 Years for Street Race Crash, DUI

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recently, a 22-year-old Fresno man was given a 10-year sentence in state prison after he was found to have participated in a street race that led to the death of one man and injured three others. The facts of the case show that Jesus Miguel Corrales was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and he pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the crash that occurred in southwest Fresno in March of 2012.

Amanda Bynes Gets Plea Deal in California

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s nothing new to hear about celebrity news and who caught doing what with whom, but some stories end up getting a lot more publicity than others. In the past few years, the former Disney star, Amanda Bynes has had quite a bit of legal troubles. Throughout this time, there were rumblings that she may be dealing with a mental condition that could be partly to blame for her run-ins with the law.

Visalia DUI Operation Leads to Four DUI Arrests

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last month, a DUI (driving under the influence) operation was set-up in Visalia, and it led to a grand total of four DUI arrests. Although the checkpoint was labeled as a DUI operation, there were also 32 traffic citations handed out during the Friday night, Saturday morning operation.

What's the Difference Between Felonies and Misdemeanors?

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most people have a fairly good idea about misdemeanors and felonies. It’s a fairly basic idea: felonies are for the more severe crimes and an individual is charged with a misdemeanor for a less serious type of offense. However, it gets a little murky when you get into the details involved with felonies and misdemeanors.

How is "DUI" Defined by California Law?

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Mar 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

Maybe you’ve been arrested a DUI offense in the past. Maybe you have never even been pulled over. Whatever your individual situation may be, it’s not a bad idea to have a little more information on California law as it relates to drunk driving.

Driver Shouldn't be Ticketed for Using a Map App

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Feb 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 5th District Court of Appeal, today, tossed out the conviction of Steven Spriggs, who was given a ticket for using the map feature on his cell phone. The Court concluded that the vehicle code applies to listening and talking on a cell phone while driving-not looking at a map app. This decisio...

Alcohol Facts & Fresno DUI Costs

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Feb 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a DUI defense attorney, I get asked a lot of questions about how much alcohol is too much to drive and how much a DUI will cost. It’s never a good idea to drink and drive. As an adult, it is important that you are aware of how alcohol affects you and your body and not compare yourself to others.

Fresno Per Se DUI Law

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Feb 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

So, most people know that if you are stopped by police while driving with a certain BAC percentage, you will be automatically charged with driving under the influence (DUI). These are the questions that usually come along with that statement: “What is my state’s legal limit?” and “What if I don’t feel drunk even at that legal limit?”

Are "BAC Apps" Reliable?

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Feb 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are the young kids are doing it! Well, maybe not all of them. But the popularity of apps for smart phones is definitely increasing. It seems that there is an app for anything these days: games, news, sports, and the list goes on. In my line of work, I have seen and heard about one type of app in particular. The app that tells you if are “too drunk to drive” or “what your BAC is.”

What Do I Need to Know About DMV Administrative Hearings?

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | Feb 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Like most other states, if you get pulled over for DUI in California, you will have to deal with issues related to your driver’s license. In most cases, you will receive a license suspension for any given period of time. When this happens, you will have the option of requesting an administrative hearing. Not all administrative hearings are the same, but having some general information about these hearings is usually a good idea

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What Happens Now?

Roadside arrest

It’s a frightening situation. You are arrested for DUI after submitting to a breathalyzer and participating in a couple of field sobriety tests. The officer confiscated your driver’s license and provided you with a temporary license. You were given a notice to appear in court in a few weeks. Now what? Fresno DUI attorney, Terry A. Wapner, can help you make sense of this situation, guide you through the process, and might be able to provide the defense that results in finding you Not Guilty!

Myths & Truths About DUI Charges


Myth: “There is nothing that a Fresno DUI defense lawyer can do.” Truth: Absolutely not true. Over the past 7-10 years, the conviction rate in California for DUI's is only around 70 percent. That means that 30 percent of the charges are being reduced to charges that are less than a DUI charge or not guilty verdicts are being returned. I have the ability and have won Fresno DUI cases. Do not give in to despair and believe that you are destined to lose. Entering a guilty plea to a DUI charge when the evidence against you can be challenged may result in an expensive mistake that could haunt you in the long run.