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Fresno Area DUI Info

Have you been arrested for DUI in the Fresno area?

It is always a good idea to consult with a local DUI defense lawyer after being arrested for DUI in the Fresno area. At a time like this, it is best to have an experienced legal professional advocating for you and your best interests! Just because you have been arrested for DUI does not mean you have to plead guilty! Terry A. Wapner has defended clients in the Fresno area for more than 27 years. Let Mr. Wapner put his experience and knowledge to work for you!

Areas served

Mr. Wapner represents clients throughout the state of California. He primarily focuses on the following counties:

  • Fresno County, CA
  • Kings County, CA
  • Madera County, CA
  • Tulare County, CA

Work with a Fresno area DUI attorney you can trust

Mr. Wapner has an impressive history of winning DUI cases and DMV hearings, as well as preventing driver's licenses suspensions and revocations. He is an active member of two of the premier DUI associations. These two are the National College of DUI Defense, which is comprised of the top DUI attorneys in the nation, and the California DUI Lawyers Association, where Mr. Wapner serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, he is a member of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Bar Association of Fresno County.

Mr. Wapner also understands the importance of staying up-to-date on alcohol and DUI education in order to provide his clients with the best representation possible. He has successfully completed training for both the Student and Instructor Courses for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) DUI Detection Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program. Mr. Wapner also makes it a point to lecture at and attend various conferences related to all aspects of DUI law.

What are the penalties in California for a DUI?

After a DUI arrest in the Fresno area, you will be facing both administrative and criminal penalties. It is very important to understand that you have only 10 days after a DUI arrest to request a hearing with the DMV to contest your administrative license suspension. If you do not submit a request for a hearing within that 10-day time frame, you will have lost your right to an administrative hearing. A good DUI lawyer understands this deadline and will help guide you through the process. Your lawyer can even represent you at the DMV hearing.

There are also criminal penalties associated with a California DUI. You and your lawyer will present your case in a court of law and, if convicted, your penalties will be decided by the court. The court at which you will report to will vary, depending on where your DUI arrest took place.

This website offers information related to DUI courts in and around the Fresno area as well as various charges that can follow an arrest.

Fresno DUI Attorney, Terry A. Wapner

If you have been arrested for a DUI in the Fresno area, take a moment to contact Mr. Wapner. After a DUI arrest, you need an attorney who is trustworthy, experienced and reliable. Mr. Wapner works hard to ensure each and every client receives the best possible outcome in their case. 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.