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Fresno DUI Information

Have you been arrested for DUI in Fresno County?

If you have been arrested for DUI in Fresno County, it is best to work with a local and experienced DUI defense attorney who understands the laws and can help you throughout the legal process. Terry A. Wapner has represented clients charged with DUI in the Fresno area for more than 27 years. In fact, Mr. Wapner's practice is 100% dedicated to defending those who are faced with DUI and DUI-related crimes.

Mr. Wapner is considered to be a “go to” expert in the area of DUI defense by Fresno County judges and other criminal lawyers in the area. This benefits his clients, because although counties throughout the state of California follow the same laws, it is helpful to have an attorney who is familiar with local law enforcement, courthouse personnel, and courthouse locations.

What happens after getting arrested for DUI in Fresno County?

DUI charges will lead to both administrative and criminal penalties. After a DUI arrest, you only have 10 days to request an administrative hearing. The administrative hearing is your chance to contest your automatic license suspension. If you fail to request this hearing within the strict 10-day time frame, you will have forfeited your right to the hearing.

Your attorney can accompany you to this hearing in addition to your court hearing. Mr. Wapner has been doing Fresno DMV Administrative hearings for 27 years. The rules associated with these administrative hearings are different than the rules for criminal hearings. Mr. Wapner has extensive experience in both and can put that experience to work for you! In most cases, Mr. Wapner's fee for your DUI will include the administrative hearing process, too.

Where is the Fresno County Courthouse?

In Fresno County, there are 5 misdemeanor courts which are located in the main courthouse. These Departments include 1, 2, 10 12, and 13.

Fresno County Courthouse, Central Division
1100 Van Ness
Fresno, CA 93724
Phone: (559) 457-2000

Your DUI case will be heard in one of those 5 departments. The cases are organized according to the first letter of your last name. For example, if your last name starts with “W,” Department 13 will hear your case.

If your case is a misdemeanor, Mr. Wapner can typically appear for you without you having to be in court. Generally, the judge assigned to your case will permit this and you will therefore not have to miss work or other commitments in order to go to court. However, this is not the case if you are working with a public defender.

What are the penalties for DUI in Fresno County?

Fresno County follows the laws described in the California Penal and California Vehicle Codes for DUI punishment. California has both minimum and maximum sentences for DUI and DUI-related offenses. This means that judges have some discretion when it comes to sentencing. If you are charged with your first DUI offense in Fresno County, you will likely face the following penalties:

  • 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

Work with a local attorney after a Fresno County DUI arrest

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Fresno County, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Wapner. He has the experience and knowledge to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. 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 make it easier. 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.