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Coalinga DUI Court Info

Have you been arrested for DUI in Coalinga?

If you have been arrested for DUI or another DUI-related offense in Coalinga, take a moment to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in your area. Terry A. Wapner has represented numerous clients in the Coalinga area who have been charged with DUI and has even dedicated his legal practice to DUI defense.

In Fresno County, Mr. Wapner is considered to be a “go to” expert in the area of DUI defense by both judges and other attorneys. Although DUI laws are consistent throughout the state of California, it is beneficial to have an attorney like Mr. Wapner, who is familiar with local law enforcement, courthouse locations, and courthouse personnel.

What are the penalties for a Coalinga DUI?

After a Coalinga DUI arrest, you will face both administrative and criminal penalties. It is important to understand that after your DUI arrest, you will have only 10 days to request an administrative hearing in order to contest our automatic license suspension. If you fail to request an administrative hearing within the strict, 10-day time frame, you will have waived your right to a hearing.

If you have hired an attorney to help you with your DUI case, you are permitted to have your attorney represent you at both the administrative hearing and the criminal hearing. An experienced California DUI attorney will know that the rules at the administrative hearing differ from those at the criminal hearing. Mr. Wapner has been representing clients in Fresno County and the surrounding areas for more than 27 years. In most cases, Mr. Wapner's fee for your DUI case will include the administrative hearing process.

Where is the Coalinga Courthouse?

In 2012, the Coalinga Branch of the Fresno Superior Court was closed due to consolidation and budget cuts.  All cases that would have been heard in Coalinga, are now heard at the Central Division Main Courthouse in downtown Fresno.

Fresno Superior Court (Downtown Location)

1100 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93724
Phone: (559) 457-2000

What are the penalties for a DUI in Coalinga?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Coalinga, CA Penal and CA Vehicle Codes will be used by the court to decide your punishment. However, both minimum and maximum sentences are involved. This means that the court will typically have some discretion when it comes time for sentencing. If this is your first DUI in Fresno County, you will likely 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
  • 6-month license suspension by the DMV upon a conviction

Call Terry A. Wapner after a Coalinga DUI arrest

If you have been arrested for DUI in Coalinga, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Wapner. Dealing with a DUI arrest is a tough situation. It is helpful to know that you can rely on an attorney like Mr. Wapner to help you through the legal process. Mr. Wapner has helped many clients in Fresno County, as well as the surrounding areas, and he can help you, too! 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.