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Merced DUI Court Info

Have you been arrested for DUI in Merced?

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

The city of Merced is the county seat of Merced County and is located in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California. Because of its location, there is frequent travel in and around the city. With the increased traffic comes more DUI and other traffic-related offenses.

In Merced County, Mr. Wapner is considered to be a “go to” expert by both judges and other attorneys. Of course, DUI laws are consistent throughout the state of California, but it helpful to have an attorney by your side who is familiar with local law enforcement, courthouse personnel and courthouse locations.

When you need an attorney, choosing the right legal professional can make a big difference in your case. This is an important decision - take the time to look into the experience and credentials of your potential attorney as they relate to California DUI cases.

Where is the Merced Courthouse?

If you have been arrested in Merced for DUI, your case will be heard at:

Superior Court of California, Merced County - Criminal Division

2260 North Street
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 723-2401

The Merced Superior Court deals with cases that involve felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. Keep in mind that most DUI cases in Merced are tried as a criminal matter, rather than dealt with in traffic court. After a DUI arrest, you will be handed a citation that states the date, time, and location of your court hearing.

What are the penalties for a DUI in Merced?

If you have been arrested for DUI in Merced, you will be facing both administrative and criminal penalties. After a DUI arrest, you will have only 10 days to request an administrative hearing in order to contest your automatic license suspension. If you fail to request the administrative hearing within the 10-day timeframe, you will have waived your right to the hearing.

An attorney can represent you at both your criminal and administrative hearing. A good DUI 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 most cases, Mr. Wapner's fee for your DUI case will include the administrative hearing process.

Call Terry A. Wapner after a Merced DUI arrest

If you have been arrested for DUI in Merced, do not hesitate to call Mr. Wapner. Dealing with a DUI arrest can be tough on both you and your family. It is helpful to know that you can rely on an attorney like Mr. Wapner to advise you throughout the process. Mr. Wapner has helped many clients in Merced and 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.