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Clovis DUI Court Info

Have you been arrested for DUI in Clovis?

If you are facing charges after a DUI arrest in Clovis, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced and local DUI defense attorney. Terry A. Wapner has represented many individuals just like you who have been charged with DUI in Clovis. Mr. Wapner has dedicated his law practice to DUI defense and has more than 27 years of experience.

In the area of DUI defense, Mr. Wapner is considered to be a “go to” expert by local judges as well as other attorneys in the area. Although laws are consistent throughout the state of California, Mr. Wapner is familiar with local law enforcement, courthouse locations and personnel. This can go a long way in helping your case.

What are the penalties associated with DUI in Clovis?

After a DUI arrest, you will be faced with both administrative and criminal penalties. If you have been arrested for DUI in Clovis, keep in mind that you have only 10 days to request an administrative hearing in order to contest your automatic driver's license suspension. If you do not request this hearing within the 10-day time frame, you will have waived your right to the hearing.

It is important to know that you have every right to have your attorney present at your administrative hearing. Mr. Wapner has been doing Clovis DMV Administrative hearings for 27 years. An experienced DUI defense attorney knows that the rules governing administrative hearing are not the same as the rules governing criminal hearings. Mr. Wapner has extensive experience in both types of hearings. In most cases, Mr. Wapner's fee for your DUI will include the administrative hearing process.

At which courthouse will my Clovis DUI case be heard?

As of 2012, the Clovis Branch of the Fresno Superior Court was forced to close due to consolidation and budget cuts. Now, all cases that would have once been heard in Clovis are heard at the Central Division Main Courthouse in downtown Fresno.

Fresno County Superior Court

1110 Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93724
Phone: (559) 457-2000

What are the penalties for a DUI in Clovis?

If you are convicted of a DUI in Clovis, CA Penal and CA Vehicle Codes will be used by the court to determine your sentence. However, there are both minimum and maximum sentences. Because of this, judges typically have some leeway and discretion when it comes time for sentencing. Generally, if this is your first DUI in Fresno County, you will receive the following sentence:

  • Minimum 10-20 days jail which may be done in a work program
  • Approximately $2000 fine
  • 3-9 month DUI school
  • Possible AA's or NA's for a period of time
  • 3-5 years probation
  • Possible alcohol restriction for term of probation
  • DMV will suspend license for 6 months upon a conviction

Work with a local attorney after a Clovis DUI arrest

If you have been arrested and charged for DUI in Clovis, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Wapner. Dealing with a DUI arrest is a difficult process for you and your family. It is helpful to know that you can rely on an attorney like Mr. Wapner to listen to the facts of your case and advise you on your options. Please call (559) 266-8604 to schedule an initial consultation.

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.