DMV only provides you with 10 calendar days to make a request for a hearing. Provided law enforcement confiscated your license and gave you a pink piece of paper that acts as a temporary license for 30 days, you almost always should take advantage of this right to an APS (Administrative Per Se Hearing) hearing. Call Sacramento DUI lawyer/attorney Denis White Law Office at (916) 444-3300 for a more detailed explanation as to why.
The California Department Of Motor Vehicles has the ability to suspend a California license even where the District Attorney or Prosecutor declines to file charges. For example, where the blood alcohol level is .08 or higher, but the District Attorney or Prosecutor doesn’t believe they could prove the case “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”, which is the standard of proof in a criminal case, they just might decide not to file a criminal complaint. This does nothing to help you with the Suspension of your California Drivers License and the Loss of Your Privilege to Drive. In fact, because the DMV issue is civil rather than criminal, the standard of proof is “More Likely Than Not” making it very easy for DMV to do this to you. Call or E-Mail Denis White Law today to see how to best protect yourself from this kind of awful result.
If you just want to protect your right to hearing and want to call Denis White Law later, please call the Sacramento DMV Drivers Safety Office at (916) 227-2970. Make sure you insist on a “stay” until after the hearing and always keep notes with the name of the person you spoke to and the date, in case there is a problem or question about the timeliness of your request later.