Ventura Bankruptcy & DUI Attorney

Are you struggling with debt? If so, bankruptcy may be the right option for you. Mr. Sommers has the legal experience and knowledge you need to navigate the bankruptcy process successfully. Because there are many legal complexities involved in bankruptcy, skilled legal help is imperative. The U.S. government recognizes bankruptcy as a valid way for honest individuals and businesses to solve the problem of overwhelming debt and move forward with greater financial freedom. Our firm's mission is to help clients understand their rights and options, guide them through the bankruptcy process, and ultimately help them secure the stable future they seek.

In addition to bankruptcy, we practice DUI defense, advocating for the rights of the criminally accused. Mr. Sommers began his legal career working as a prosecutor, where he gained invaluable insight into how the opposing side thinks. This is a great advantage in DUI cases. He has had the opportunity to represent high-profile clients including government officials and other local attorneys. Genuinely passionate about protecting the rights and driver's licenses of the individuals we represent, we are proud to defend clients throughout Ventura County, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara County, and Woodland Hills.

"I handle every matter personally. I do not hand a case off to a junior or associate attorney. When a client hires my office- they get me."- Robert F. Sommers

Hear it From Our Clients

  • “Thank you again for the great job you did for me.”


  • “I can't thank you you enough! You did a phenomenal job.”


  • “You are the best attorney ever, even better than 'My cousin Vinny'! You kicked ass! Thank you! Thank you!”

    J & A

  • “My case would have had a much more severe outcome had he not been in my corner.”


  • “Just a quick note to say thank you. Your help is much appreciated.”

    A. J.

  • “I will definitely refer anyone I know who is arrested for a DUI in Ventura County to your office.”


  • “Thanks again Bob for helping me through my nightmare! I highly recommend Bob Sommers as the best DUI attorney in Ventura!”


  • “Thank you so much for doing such a great job on my case. I truly appreciate your efforts and will be more than happy to refer you clients.”


  • “Thank you so much for assisting me with my case. it was greatly appreciated!”


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the different types of bankruptcy?

    There are a variety of bankruptcy types, each designated for different circumstances:

    • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - In this form of bankruptcy, an individual settles his or her debts by selling off his or her assets. These assets will be “liquidated,” which means they will be used as payment toward outstanding debt.
    • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a recommended option for businesses that wish to continue, but need to restructure their repayment plan. This form of bankruptcy is typically more ongoing, and involves establishing new agreements and contractual rights to help make debt-repayment more bearable and realistic. In more rare cases, an individual can file for Chapter 11 if his or her amount of debt exceeds the limit set by Chapter 13.
    • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy - Chapter 13 involves restructuring the debt and repayment plans. It will last from three to five years, after which point some of the debt can be discharged.
  • Am I eligible to file for bankruptcy?

    To be eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must pass the "means test," which evaluates your monthly income and monthly expenses to determine how much--if any--"disposable income" you have.

    To file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you must be current with your tax filings and make enough monthly income to keep up with the new repayment plan that the Chapter 13 establishes. Additionally, your total amount of debt must not exceed a certain number, which changes every three years based on the consumer price index.

    Chapter 11 bankruptcy can be initiated voluntarily by a business owner, or involuntarily if three or more creditors file a petition against the business. The business must then present to the bankruptcy court a plan for the debt restructure, which the court must then approve.

  • Can bankruptcy wipe out all of my debt?

    Chapter 7 & 13 bankruptcy can wipe out most types of unsecured debt. Unsecured debt refers to debt for which a lender may not claim your property as a form of repayment. For example, debt related to a house or car is considered "secured debt" because a lender could have the right to seize that property if you fail to make payments.

    Bankruptcy cannot dissolve the following types of debt:

    • "Secured" debts like your mortgage or auto loan
    • Alimony or child support payments
    • Fines incurred as a penalty for breaking a law
    • Fines incurred from a personal injury case in which someone died or was injured as result of you driving while intoxicated
    • Student debt (except in very rare circumstances)
    • Most tax-related debt

    Bankruptcy can eliminate the following types of debt, among others:

    • Credit card debt
    • Personal loans
    • Overdue utility bills
    • Medical bills
    • Most types of debt incurred after a car accident
    • Debts from a divorce settlement
  • I am considering filing for bankruptcy. What is the first step?

    We highly recommend that your first step should be hiring a trustworthy bankruptcy lawyer. A lawyer will help you understand all of your legal options, including whether bankruptcy is right for you and which type of bankruptcy you should file if applicable. Having a skilled legal advocate by your side will help ensure that all of your paperwork is correct and that you avoid any mistakes that could jeopardize your success.

  • What should I do after being arrested for a DUI?
    Following a DUI arrest, it is important that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. You only have 10 days to request your DMV Hearing, which will allow you to challenge your license suspension. To better your chances of not having your license suspended, it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney who can represent you at the hearing. We understand how important your driving privileges are, and will do everything in our power to help you hold on to your license. The penalties that result from a DUI can be very severe, especially if it is not your first conviction. For this reason, it is essential to ensure the attorney working with you is one you can truly rely on to handle your case. We understand that every client is going through a different situation, and we ensure each client is provided with the customized defense they deserve.
  • What are the penalties for an underage DUI?
    Underage drinking and driving accidents tend to end more disastrously because underage drinkers are often more reckless and less likely to wear seatbelts. Because underage drinkers cause a high number of alcohol-related auto fatalities, the standards are stricter and penalties are harsher for DUI offenders under the age of 21. Since California is a zero tolerance state, the driver's blood alcohol content level must be above a .01% for the driver to be convicted of driving under the influence. The penalties for underage DUI may include a jail sentence, heavy fines, and license suspension. With so much at stake for conviction of underage DUI, it is essential that you contact our firm as soon as possible after you or your child has been arrested. The sooner you begin working with us, the better your chances are of receiving minimal penalties.
  • I'm a first time DUI offender - what can I expect?

    The penalties for a DUI can be extremely harsh - even if the individual is a first time offender. California law states that if you are driving a vehicle, you have automatically given your consent to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test to determine what the amount of alcohol in your system is. Refusal to submit to such a test will result in an automatic one year suspension of your driver's license. Even first time offenders will have to deal with a jail sentence and heavy fines. Because the penalties for conviction of DUI can be so serious, it is essential that you contact our firm right away. We will build the strongest defense possible and, if we believe that your rights were violated at the time of your arrest, we will not hesitate to challenge the methods used by the arresting officer and will work to get the evidence gathered at the time of arrest, surpressed.

  • What happens in multiple DUI offense cases?

    While the penalties for conviction of a first time DUI offense can be harsh, the penalties for each additional DUI offense becomes increasingly severe. If you have been accused of DUI and already have been convicted of DUI before, it is essential that you contact our firm as soon as possible. You will be facing jail time, driver's license suspension, heavy fines, probation, and mandatory drug and alcohol counseling. These penalties are serious, however; you do not have to go through this troubling time alone. We stand ready to assist you from start to finish, and provide you with strong defense that is customized to meet your unique situation.

  • Over 20 Years
    Of Experience

  • Customized & Proven DUI Defense

  • 50+ Cases
    Taken to Trial

  • Over 5,000 DUI
    Cases Handled

  • Emergency Appointments Available

  • Former Prosecutor on Your Side

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