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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.

What does "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" Mean?

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

Have you ever heard the phrase: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree? It can be a head scratcher for most people, but it’s an important concept in the area of DUI and criminal defense. Technically, it means that evidence gathered by illegal means must be excluded from trial. How do officers obtain it? Well, it can be gathered in a number of ways, but a common way is through an illegal interrogation.

Don’t be afraid to remain silent?

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the most common statements DUI clients make is, “What if they didn't read me my rights?” This question is generally posed in a way that clearly suggests that the client believes that not reading them their rights will somehow get them out of this problem. There is no question that there i...

How to Find a Good DUI Attorney

Posted by Terry A. Wapner | May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

You or someone close to you has been arrested for drunk driving. Innocent or not, you know you're a lot better off with an experienced DUI lawyer. So how do you find one? The suggestions provided below will help you find competent and ethical representation while avoiding the opposite.

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.