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Terry A. Wapner


Terry A. Wapner has been practicing criminal law in California's San Joaquin Valley for over 28 years, the last 16 of which have been devoted exclusively to the defense of DUI and related crimes.  Mr. Wapner graduated from the University of Southern California in 1981 and went on to San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California, earning his Juris Doctor.  He started as a Deputy District Attorney in Stanislaus County (Modesto) and returned to Fresno a year and a half later where he opened his law firm practicing all aspects of criminal law.  He has taken many high profile cases to trial including murders, gang and sexual assaults, many with successful results. For the last 16 years, he has developed into Fresno's most respected and knowledgeable DUI attorney and recently opened a DUI specialty law firm (Wapner Jones & Wasson, PC.) with the finest DUI attorneys in the central San Joaquin Valley. 

Mr. Wapner is one of only three attorneys in Fresno who are Certified NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructors and he is trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) protocols by the NHTSA.  He attends training several times a year across the country on various scientific topics that include chemistry and drug pharmacology, and the presentation of related scientific defenses.  Mr. Wapner has earned the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation by completing hundreds of hours of classroom and laboratory training in the forensic sciences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. That designation is held by only seven attorneys in the State of California and thirty attorneys in the United States.  He has been frequently asked to teach other attorneys in California and across the Country on various aspects of DUI law and defenses.  His most recent presentation to these groups has been on Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and how this common, but often misdiagnosed, medical condition will affect the breath machine results.

Mr. Wapner is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, member of the National College of DUI Defense, and is a member and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California DUI Lawyers Association.  Mr. Wapner is also a member of the American Chemical Society, which is the world's largest scientific society, and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

Mr. Wapner attributes his success to his work ethic and innovative legal and scientific techniques. His years of practice in DUI and criminal law make him a highly effective attorney for those accused.

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Recent Blog Posts


  • The Best Attorney in the Fresno Area

    Mr. Wapner is one of the best attorneys in the Fresno area or i would say in the whole San Joaquin Valley and even State of California. He is a really well-known attorney with so much knowledge and intelligence. Personally, i am so please to hire him for my defense, i was facing three criminal ch...
  • Dismissal of DUI Charge

    Mr. Wapner was able to have my DUI charge dismissed. I hired him after unsuccessful attempts to have the charges reduced to wet and reckless using the services of the public defender office. Mr. Wapner kept me informed on any updates to my case and if my presence was needed at the pretrial court ...
  • Outstanding Trial Attorney!

    I am in the military and a DUI conviction would have had severe negative effects on my career. Because of Mr. Wapner's efforts I was found not guilty at a jury trial. Terry is the most experienced and knowlegable DUI attorney in the San Joaquin valley area. His knowledge of the technical aspe...
  • Best Decision I Could Have Made!

    Mr. Wapner kept my issue at point. He gave a sincere effort with success to my case. I would recommend him to any of my family or friends for assistance. Overall Rating 5 stars.

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.