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Estimated DUI Costs in Seattle

Posted by Raymond Ejarque | Jul 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The financial cost of a DUI conviction can range as much as $5,000 or more when after the dust settles. This often includes fines, bail, increased premiums for auto insurance, legal fees, loss of income from being fired, taking days off work to attend court, and alcohol education classes that will likely be ordered by the court. In fact, you don't even need to be convicted in order to start racking up certain charges when facing a DUI.

Due to recent changes in DUI laws in WA State, the fines are steep and many jurisdictions consider a first DUI offense extremely serious.

Potential Average Costs Related to a DUI:

  • DOL hearing – $375
  • Attorney fees – $2,500+
  • Bail – $150 to $2,500
  • DUI Education School/Alcohol Evaluation – $80 to $250
  • Car towing and impounding – $100 to $1,200
  • License reinstatement – $150+
  • Car ignition interlock device – $100 a month for a year
  • Increased premiums with auto insurance over one year – SR-22 3 years of high risk insurance

Additional Expenses:

  • Temporary loss of income
  • Probation fees
  • Treatment costs (if treatment is recommended)

The true financial impact on a single person is difficult to estimate as the costs can vary greatly depending on certain details such as jurisdiction, previous driving record, fines, attorney fees, and circumstances specific to the actual incident. Additionally, you need to consider whether there was any additional damage to other cars, properties, or any injuries.  People who receive DUIs miss a great deal of work not only to attend court, but also to perform community service aspects of their sentence, or even jail time.
In many states, your license can be suspended for a minimum of 90 days just for the DUI arrest itself. If you get a DUI conviction, your license could potentially be suspended for as long as an entire year or more.

If you are a stockbroker, airline pilot, nurse, lawyer or doctor, your professional license could also be revoked. Additionally, a DUI will be on your criminal record, visible to any potential employer that performs a background check on you. A DUI conviction will stay on your record for life.

This document should not be used for legal advice. Each case is different. For a free and personalized consultation, please contact Law Offices of Raymond W. Ejarque at 206-621-1554 or visit website at for more information. Thank you!

About the Author

Raymond Ejarque

Raymond Ejarque has practiced law since his admission to the Washington State Bar in June of 1994. He started his career in public interest law helping migrant farm workers and indigents in Texas and Washington State.  Later he worked in Criminal defense as a public defender in Seattle for many y...


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