CHESTERFIELD LAWYER-dui-criminal-traffic-reckless driving Chesterfield Lawyer, Sara Gaborik


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Virginia DUI laws make it unlawful for drug- or alcohol-impaired individuals to operate vehicles. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-266, a driver who has consumed drugs, alcohol, or both may be impaired sufficiently to be charged with DUI. DUI charges range from misdemeanors to felonies and can result in substantial fines, extended license suspensions, and time in prison. Virginia Code § 18.2-270 imposes higher penalties depending on factors like blood alcohol content and prior offenses. Even a first offense can lead to a fine, license suspension and jail time. Penalties for subsequent offenses are higher. Sara Gaborik has successfully represented her Chesterfield clients in DUI cases for over a decade with skill, dedication, tenacity, and compassion.


Reckless driving charges in Chesterfield, VA cover a wide range of driving behavior that puts others at risk like excessive speeding, almost causing an accident, causing an accident, failure to stop for a school bus, driving too fast for conditions, and failure to yield right of way.  Under Virginia Code § 46.2-852, reckless driving charges apply to those found to be driving “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” If convicted, you face license suspension for up to six months, up to six demerit points on your driving record, a fine of up to $2,500, and up to one year in jail. Because law enforcement can overcharge with reckless driving, an experienced lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a lesser charge. Sara Gaborik has established a successful reckless driving defense record in Chesterfield. She has the skill and knowledge to craft an effective defense for your circumstances and the tenacity and drive to provide you with an aggressive defense.


Virginia traffic tickets can mean demerit points against your license and license suspension, revocation, or, for CDL drivers, disqualification. Some even face jail time. If you elect to challenge your ticket, the officer who wrote your ticket will testify against you in court. That officer is a professional witness, trained and experienced in testifying, and has already established credibility with the judge. Whether you have decided to contest the ticket or are debating whether to do so, you should consult an experienced traffic attorney to help you decide how to handle your ticket. You should particularly consult an Chesterfield traffic lawyer if you have prior traffic convictions, have caused an accident, have injured or killed someone, have been ticketed for reckless driving or DUI/DWI, or have a CDL. A traffic lawyer can be important for lesser charges as well. Over the past decade, Sara Gaborik has successfully defended Chesterfield traffic violation cases, representing her clients aggressively with knowledge, skill, and drive.


If your Virginia driver’s license was suspended or revoked, having your driving privileges reinstated is not guaranteed. Under Virginia Code § 46.2-411, you can be denied reinstatement if “necessary for the safety of the public on the highways in the Commonwealth.” Even if you are not barred from license restoration, you will have to satisfy all requirements of the Court to obtain it. Virginia Code § 19.2-392.2 controls eligibility for expunging criminal records. If you were acquitted of a criminal charge, you were charged but your case was never prosecuted, or someone used your name, without your authorization, in connection with an arrest, you may be eligible for record expungement. Sara Gaborik has represented Chesterfield clients in license restoration and record expungement cases for over ten years. She has the skill, knowledge, and drive to help you put your life back together.


If you are convicted of drug possession (possession of a controlled substance) in Chesterfield, VA, a violation of Virginia Code section 18.2-250, you are facing significant life-changing problems. Possession of a schedule I or schedule II substance is a Class 5 felony that carries up to ten years in jail and a $2500 fine.  A first-time offender may be able to secure a deferred disposition whereby the charges are dismissed if you meet several conditions. You will have to provide community service, undergo an assessment for substance abuse, complete whatever treatment the Court deems necessary, and comply with probation and several other conditions. Harsher penalties apply to subsequent charges. Sara Gaborik has the knowledge, skill, and drive to craft an aggressive defense tailored specifically to your Chesterfield, VA drug possession charge.


Virginia Code § 18.2-248 makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, give to another, or distribute a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance. Chesterfield prosecutors often focus on the distribution of substances like cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy (MDMA), morphine, methamphetamine (crystal meth), Percocet, Oxycodone, Methadone, and similar drugs. A first conviction carries jail time of five to forty years and up to $500,000 in fines. Subsequent convictions can lead to more time including up to life in prison. Sara Gaborik has over a decade of experience providing effective defenses for those charged in Chesterfield with drug distribution crimes. She has the knowledge, skill, and drive to defend you aggressively.


Virginia prohibits some people from possessing a firearm and many of the Commonwealth’s laws are designed to keep these people from obtaining one. Virginia Code § 18.2-308.2 generally prohibits convicted felons from the possession or transportation of firearms, firearms ammunition, stun weapons, explosives, or concealed weapons. Virginia bars many others from firearm possession as well. Virginia also bars certain weapons such as spring guns, Virginia Code § 18.2-281, and the Striker 12 and similar guns, Virginia Code § 18.2-308.5. Under Virginia Code § 53.1, if you use or try to use a firearm while committing a crime, you will receive three or more years of jail time. This is in addition to the jail time received for the underlying crime. Virginia Code § 18.2-53 makes it a Class 6 felony to unlawfully shoot, stab, cut, or wound someone in the commission or attempted commission of a felony. These are a few examples of Virginia’s firearms laws. Sara Gaborik has represented Chesterfield defendants against firearms charges for over ten years and has the experience, knowledge, skill, and drive to design and carry out each client’s defense based on the case’s specific circumstances.


Virginia law covers a wide range of thefts within the statutes dealing with larceny. These crimes include grand larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-95, and petit larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-96. Both petit and grand larceny can carry jail time and fines and Virginia Code § 18.2-104 provides for additional penalties for subsequent offenses. The Virginia Code also includes other specific acts of theft and robbery such as receiving stolen goods, §§ 182.108, 18.2-108.1, issuing a bad check, §§ 18.2-181, 18.2-181.1, forging a public record, §§ 18.2-168, 18.2-172, committing credit card related crimes, §§ 18.2-192, 18.2-193, 18.2-195, and other crimes. Virginia also prohibits and harshly penalizes embezzlement. Virginia Code § 18.2-111 and Virginia Code § 18.2-152.8. Sara Gaborik has over a decade of experience defending clients charged with larceny and embezzlement in Chesterfield. She defends her clients with knowledge, skill, and tenacity and may be able to negotiate a more favorable outcome by getting the charges reduced to a lower classification with reduced penalties.


9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Phone: (804) 748-1231
Fax: (804) 748-1757

The County of Chesterfield General District Court and Circuit Court are located in the same building at 9500 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832.  The General District Court has four judges who rotate between hearing traffic, criminal, and civil cases.

The General District Court website contains information pertinent to Chesterfield specifically and you should review it carefully before your court appearance. The site provides information covering when cases are heard, appropriate attire for your court appearance, costs for prepayments of fines, and other important facts.

Directions to Chesterfield General District Court

Directions to the Court can be found on the website.

Chesterfield General District Court Hours 

The court is generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are exceptions and standard holidays. More information can be found here. Official holidays can be found here.

Chesterfield General District Court Parking

Parking is free and plentiful on both sides of the building but the spaces can fill up, so try to arrive early to ensure you find a spot. Do not park in areas that are gated, marked “reserved,” or designated for jurors.

Entrance and Security Screening at Chesterfield General District Court

Enter through the main entrance. You will be required to pass through a full security check including magnetometer, possible pat-down, and inspection of anything you are carrying. Please do not attempt to bring a cell phone into the building as they are not permitted.

Prohibited Items for Chesterfield General District Court

Members of the public are generally prohibited from bringing into the building the following items:

♦ Firearms or other weapons

♦ Cameras

♦ Television

♦ Radio

♦ Sound equipment

♦ Tape recorders

♦ Computers

♦ Pagers

♦ Personal digital assistants

♦ Cell phones


To learn more about Virginia’s judicial system, please see the official website.

If you need special assistance for a disability, please refer to the court-provided guidance.