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Madera DUI Information

Have you been charged for DUI in Madera?

If you have been arrested and charged for DUI in Madera, take a moment to contact an experienced and local DUI defense attorney. Terry A. Wapner has worked in Madera and the surrounding areas for more than 27 years. He has dedicated his law practice to defending clients who have been charged with DUI and DUI-related offenses.

When it comes to DUI defense, Mr. Wapner is considered the “go to” expert by both judges and other attorneys. This is helpful for his clients, because although DUI laws are consistent throughout the state of California, having an attorney who is familiar with local law enforcement, courthouse personnel, and courthouse locations can make an already difficult process a whole lot easier.

What are the penalties for a Madera DUI?

If you have been arrested for DUI in Madera, be aware that you will be faced with both administrative and criminal penalties. After a DUI arrest, you have only 10 days to request an administrative hearing to contest your automatic license suspension. If you fail to petition for this hearing within that 10-day timeframe, you will have forfeited your right to the hearing.

If you have hired an attorney to help you with your DUI case, he or she can come with you to the administrative hearing. A good attorney will know that an administrative hearing has different rules than a criminal hearing. Mr. Wapner has been representing clients at administrative hearings for more than 27 years. In the majority of cases, Mr. Wapner's fee for your DUI case will include the administrative hearing process.

Where is the Madera Courthouse?

If you have been arrested in Madera for DUI, your case will likely be heard at the Madera Superior Court in Downtown Madera.

Madera Superior Court

209 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, CA 93637
Phone: (559) 675-7734

There is a second branch of the Madera Superior Court that you may need to go to for your hearing. It is the Sierra Division of the Madera Superior Court and it is located in Bass Lake.

Sierra Division of Madera Superior Court

40601 Road 274
Bass Lake, CA 93604
Phone: (559) 642-3235

What are the penalties for a DUI in Madera?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Madera, CA Penal and CA Vehicle Codes will be used by the court in order to determine your punishment. However, there are both minimum and maximum sentences. This means that judges will typically have some discretion when it comes to sentencing.

Call Terry A. Wapner after a DUI arrest in Madera

If you have been arrested for DUI in Madera, take a moment to call Mr. Wapner. Dealing with a DUI arrest can be difficult for you and your family. During this time, 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 Madera County 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.