Federal Way fourth most expensive city in state for DUI conviction

A DUI conviction in Federal Way is the forth most expensive in the Washington. - Contributed photo
A DUI conviction in Federal Way is the forth most expensive in the Washington.
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The cost of a DUI conviction in Federal Way is the fourth most expensive in the state, according to a recent study.

The minimum fine is $7,210.50. The maximum could be $11,270.

The true cost was calculated based on the fine, legal fees, an ignition interlock device and insurance premium increases. The study was conducted by NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website.

On average Federal Way residents pay $1,045.50 a year for car insurance. After a DUI conviction, however, that price could jump to $1,639.50, according to the study results.

The top 10 most expensive cities found by the study are:

1. Tacoma, minimum $7,398.80, maximum $11,458.30

2. University Place, minimum $7,397.60, maximum $11,457.10

3. Lakewood, minimum $7,363.90, maximum 11,423.40

4. Federal Way, minimum $7,210.50, maximum $11,270

5. Puyallup, minimum $7,099.50, maximum $11,159

6. Lynnwood, minimum $7,043.65, maximum $11,103.15

7. Seattle, minimum $7,029.30, maximum $11,088.80

8. Edmonds, minimum $6,995.40, maximum $11,054.90

9. Mountlake Terrace, with a minimum of $6,974.45 and a maximum of $11,033.95

10. Auburn, with a minimum cost of $6,926.95 and a maximum of $10,986.45

For more information and the full results of the study, visit and select “True Cost of a DUI in Washington After Insurance Increases” from Aug. 3.

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