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4. Will my insurance be affected?

DUI Insurance Rate IncreasesInsurance policies and rates are typically affected by adverse entries on a DMV record. Any conviction related to alcohol and driving will likely be reported by the Sonoma County court to the Santa Rosa DMV. Therefore it is critical to rely on a Sonoma DUI attorney to analyze a specific case and try any applicable creative strategies to avoid an alcohol-related conviction which might otherwise appear on a driving record.

If a conviction is inevitable, then many people, especially parents, consider alternatives such as separating insurance policies and engaging different insurance companies to avoid higher rates for everyone; this can be a good time to find a better insurance company, and to consider other special alternatives suggested by a Santa Rosa DUI attorney who knows the complexities brought to a family with a young DUI offender on the family policy, and the importance of avoiding steep insurance bills which are typically expected after a DUI conviction. For the specific, added insurance filing required following any DUI conviction and many other types of DMV suspensions, see our Sonoma DUI lawyer discussion here about the SR-22 Requirement. Consult with a Sonoma County DUI attorney about your specific case.


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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, Sonoma County resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of Sonoma County DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.


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