I just got my first DUI this weekend, but my BAC was never disclosed to me verbally and I cannot find it on my paperwork.
You should consult with an experienced DUI attorney who practices in the area where you were arrested. That attorney will have a lot of questions and can help you decide if the hearing needs to be requested. Most likely you will want the attorney to request the Administrative Per Se Hearing (Must be within 10 days of arrest).
The paperwork you received from the cops usually does not reveal your BAC. It often lists the charges, one of which is Vehicle Code Section 23152(b) - being at or over .08%. People often think their BAC is .08% because that number is written next to the Code Section violation.
DMV may have your BAC by now or next week. Your attorney can contact them and possibly find out your BAC.
I agree with my colleagues. The paperwork you received will not show BAC. The first thing you should do is call experienced DUI attorneys in Sacramento if the arrest happened here. Undoubtedly, you will be receiving jail mail from numerous attorneys. There may be some claiming to help you with your case for under a thousand dollars as well as others. The most important thing is to do some research and call to get a free consultation. When you call, make sure you are talking to an attorney who actually litigates DUI cases in Sacramento, not some call service non-attorney or out of the area attorney. Talk to some and when you narrow down your choice, go meet them face to face if you can. There is a 10 day clock running on the DMV administrative hearing so if you are going to hire an attorney to take care of your case, make your choice before the clock runs out. Experienced DUI attorneys will know when to call DMV to set the hearing within the 10 days so it slows down the suspension process while obtaining as much evidence relating to your case to determine the validity of the stop, field sobriety tests, records relating to the accuracy of the preliminary alcohol screening device, and perhaps video from the patrol car depending the arresting agency. Even if it turns out to be the worst case scenario, there are many things that needs to be discussed to minimize the impact. Don't wait, start researching and make calls since most DUI attorneys will give you a free initial consultation. Good Luck!
I repeat - YES!
If for no other reason than to preserve your opportunity to retain your driving privilege. If you don't file, then almost for sure your privilege will be gone, and then good luck trying to get it back.
Think of it as a "place holder." Even if you later decide not to pursue the hearing, then all you have to do is give it up. But, if you don't request it in the first place - you can't request it later on.
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