Metropolitan Law, PLLC is a criminal defense firm with offices in Fairfax, Virginia. We provide comprehensive, affordable legal counsel to clients in  Virginia facing criminal charges, particularly in reckless driving and traffic cases. Kiana Noorishad, founder and managing attorneys at Metropolitan Law, is an experienced criminal defense attorneys who has successfully resolved a wide range of traffic and reckless driving cases. She is an aggressive advocate who will work hard to protect your rights through every phase of your case, providing the high-quality legal counsel you need to mitigate the damage of a criminal charge.

Virginia DUI Basics

​The state of Virginia does not distinguish between DUI and DWI charges. These terms are used interchangeably when an individual is accused of driving while intoxicated. In Virginia, you can be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol level exceeds .08%. Penalties for conviction increase based on your blood alcohol level. The most severe penalties are reserved for offenders with blood alcohol levels in excess of .20%. You may also face harsher penalties if you are convicted of multiple DUI’s within a ten-year period.

​You may also face serious penalties if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test after being pulled over. If convicted, the first refusal will result in a license suspension of one year. Penalties worsen with each subsequent refusal.

DUI/DWI Basics

DUI and DWI charge are two different charges. You may be charged with a DUI if your blood alcohol level is over .08%. However, you will be charged with a DWI if your blood alcohol level is over .04% but below .08%. Officers can pull you over for a DUI or DWI if they have any reason to suspect that you may be intoxicated.

Penalties for DUI and DWI vary based on the nature of the case and your criminal history. Typically DUI penalties are worse than DWI penalties. As in the state of Virginia, if you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test.

Working with attorneys Kiana Noorishad

If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Virginia, you need representation you can trust. attorneys Kiana Noorishad understands criminal law in both of these states, and she can help you fight for your freedom.