You should at least consult with an attorney about your arrest and case. Criminal attorneys in Sacramento generally do not charge for a consultation. There is not enough information in your post to give you a definitive answer to your question - whether you should file for a DMV hearing or not or whether you should hire an attorney for your criminal hearing.
BAC alone is never a good indicator of how good the case is. Reason for the stop is one thing. But also just as important is the investigation a good attorney puts in. I've had cases I've won with BAC levels of .19 and .24, because of the evidence I was able to get in favor of my client that hurt the officer's credibility.
Reports will say one thing, and you shouldn't just take the officers word for it. Make the DA and DMV prove your guilt. Of course, if you are goin to hire an attorney, here the best one you can that will put in the necessary work.
You can look trough Avvo and the CA DUI Lawyers association to find a local DUI attorneys. DUI's are much more then just "you were arrested and your BAC was above .08%."
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The easy answer is you can get free consultations with top DUI Lawyers who can give you the tools to make your decision. Most DUI Lawyers will talk with you in person or by phone and do their best to answer all your questions. You can start with members of the National College for DUI Defense, and the California DUI Lawyers Association. They can help give you information on not only your chances with court and DMV, but about your license, insurance, jobs, travel, and more.
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