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Visalia DUI Court Info

Have you been charged for DUI in Visalia?

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

In the area of DUI defense, Mr. Wapner is considered to be a “go to” expert by both judges and other attorneys in Tulare County. This is helpful for you, as a client, 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 a complicated legal process a whole lot easier.

What are the penalties for a Visalia DUI?

If you have been arrested for DUI in Visalia, 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 request this hearing within the 10-day timeframe, you will have waived your right to the hearing.

If you have hired an attorney to help you with your DUI case, he or she can accompany you to the administrative hearing. An experienced 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 Visalia Courthouse?

If you have been arrested in Visalia for DUI, your case will be heard at the Visalia Courthouse in Tulare County.

The location is here:

Visalia Courthouse

221 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 733-6841

What are the penalties for a DUI in Visalia?

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

If this is your first DUI arrest, you will likely face the following penalties:

  • Minimum 2-20 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
  • DMV will suspend license for 6 months upon a conviction

Call Terry A. Wapner after a DUI arrest in Visalia

If you have been arrested for DUI in Visalia, do not hesitate to call Mr. Wapner. Dealing with a DUI arrest can be difficult for both you and your family. During this difficult time, it is helpful to know that you can rely on a DUI attorney like Mr. Wapner to help you through the legal process. Mr. Wapner has helped many clients in Tulare 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.