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Terry Alan Wapner

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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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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    29 years, 3 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Lawrence Eric Taylor

    Terry is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorneys in the state, and I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending him to anyone facing a drunk driving charge or license suspension.


    Lawrence Taylor DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard Orville Middlebrook

    Mr. Wapner and I have known each other for quite some time. His intellectual acumen, tenacious drive for justice, and willingness to put the time into a case have never ceased to impress met. You couldn't ask or receive advice from a more well-qualified lawyer. His willingness to educate himself and others in the area of DUI defense is unmatched. He continues to attend seminars and conferences throughout the year at great expense in personal time and time away from the firm in order to remain "up to speed" on all aspects of trial law related to DUI defense. His ability to communicate effectively and concisely is what garners him praise from fellow attorneys and jurists. Frankly, you would be lucky to have Terry accept your case and fight your battle.


    Richard Middlebrook DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

401 W Fallbrook Ave Ste 201
Fresno, CA, 93711


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Forensic Lawyer ScientistAmerican Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law Division2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Recognition for sitting Judge Pro TemFresno County Superior Court2005
Recognition for sitting Judge Pro TemFresno County Superior Court2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWapner Jones & Wasson, PC2014 - Present
ProfessorFresno City College1989 - 1994
AttorneyLaw Office of Terry A. Wapner1988 - 2014
Deputy District AttorneyStanislus County1987 - 1988
ClerkFresno County District Attorney's Office1986 - 1986
ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office1985 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUIDLAMember2014 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2004 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1989 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Supreme Court of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People vs. Patrcia M."Dry" reckless. $500 fine.
People vs. Danny S.Case dismissed
People vs. Lloyd C."dry" reckless only, $500 fine, no probation.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
ACS, Axion Analytical LabsN/AN/A2015
ACS, Axion Analytical LabsN/AN/A2015
American Chemical Society, Axion Analytical LabsN/AN/A2014
TCDLA and NCDDMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2014
TCDLA and NCDDMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2013
National College of DUI DefenseN/AN/A2013
TCDLA and NCDDMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2012
Axion Analytical Labs, Chicago, IllN/AN/A2011
National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Lawyers AssociationMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2011
National College for DUI DefenseN/AN/A2011
National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Lawyers AssociationMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2010
National College for DUI DefenseN/AN/A2009
National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2009
National College for DUI DefenseN/AN/A2008
National College for DUI Defense and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMastering Scientific EvidenceN/A2008
National College for DUI DefenseN/AN/A2007
San Joaquin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Univ of Southern CalifBusiness/Real Estate FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CDLA Annual Fresno SeminarLaryngopharyngeal Reflux2015
Fresno County Public DefendersDUI Breath & Blood Science2014
Fresno Annual CDLA ConferenceDefending Ambien DUI Cases2014
PD DUI TrainingAttacking Breath Alcohol Evidence2012
KYNO 940/E. Curtice Johnson ShowMedia in DUI Cases2012
Public Defender TrainingDUI Training2009
Police Academy TrainingJury Trial Testimony2008
Public Defender DUI TrainingBreath Testing2007
Police Academy TrainingTestimony in Jury Trials2006