California Department of Motor Vehicles, Administrative hearing, and the criminal court are independent entities, and actions taken by the criminal court are separate from actions taken by the DMV. A DMV Administrative hearing allows a person that received notification of an action taken against their driving privilege to contest the action.
Motorists charged with for example, a DUI, driving under the influence of drugs, or reckless driving generally receive such notifications from the DMV. If you have received a notice from the DMV of actions taken against your driving privileges and you wish to contest the judgement, you must request an administrative hearing within 10 days of receiving personal service or 14 days from the date the DMV notice is mailed. If you do not make the request within this time period, your right to a hearing is forfeited. [Read more…]