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Essex VA Attorney Lawyer Sara Gaborik


Essex, Virginia Practice Areas: 


Virginia DUI laws prohibit drug- or alcohol-impaired individuals from operating vehicles. Pursuant to Virginia Code § 18.2-266, a driver who has consumed drugs, alcohol, or both may be sufficiently impaired to warrant charges. A DUI charge can be a misdemeanor or a felony and can carry heavy fines, license suspensions, and jail time. Virginia Code § 18.2-270 escalates penalties based on factors like blood alcohol content and prior offenses. Even a first offense can result in a fine, license suspension and jail time. Subsequent offenses lead to higher penalties. 


Reckless driving charges in Essex, VA cover excessive speeding, almost causing an accident, causing an accident, failure to stop for a school bus, driving too fast for conditions, failure to yield right of way, and other acts behind the wheel that can put others at risk.  Under Virginia Code § 46.2-852 a driver is subject to reckless driving charges if he or she is 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.” Penalties for reckless driving can include fines up to $2,500, license suspensions up to six months, up to six negative points on your driving record, and up to one year of imprisonment. Because law enforcement tends to overcharge in this area, a skillful lawyer can often negotiate for lesser charges. Over the past decade, Sara Gaborik has established a solid record of success defending Essex reckless driving cases. She has the skill and knowledge to craft an effective defense specifically designed for your circumstances and the tenacity and drive to pursue your case aggressively.


Virginia traffic tickets can cost you demerit points against your license as well as license suspension, revocation, or, for CDL drivers, disqualification. You might even face jail time. If you challenge your ticket, the officer who wrote your ticket will be in court. That officer is trained and experienced in testifying and has already established credibility with the judge. Whether you want to contest the ticket or are considering not contesting it, you should consult an experienced traffic lawyer to help you decide what to do. You should particularly consult an Essex 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. An attorney can be important for lesser charges as well. Over the past decade, Sara Gaborik has successfully defended Essex traffic violation cases. She has the knowledge, skill, and drive to represent you aggressively.


If you have had your Virginia driver’s license suspended or revoked, having your driving privileges reinstated is not guaranteed. Virginia Code § 46.2-411 provides that 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 for safety reasons, you will have to satisfy all requirements of the Court. Virginia Code § 19.2-392.2 establishes eligibility for expunging criminal records. If you were acquitted of a criminal charge, your case wasn’t prosecuted, or someone used your name, without your authorization, in connection with an arrest, you may be able to have your record expunged. Sara Gaborik has handled Essex license restoration and record expungement cases for over ten years. She has the knowledge, skill and drive to help you put your life back together.


If you are convicted for drug possession (possession of a controlled substance) in Essex, VA, a violation of Virginia Code section 18.2-250, you face a multitude of problems. Possession of either a schedule I or schedule II substance is a Class 5 felony with penalties of up to ten years of jail time and a $2500 fine.  First-time offenders may be able to get a deferred disposition which allows for dismissal of the charges if you provide community service, undergo an assessment for substance abuse, complete whatever treatment the Court deems necessary, and comply with probation and several other conditions. For second or subsequent charges, the penalties can be harsher. Sara Gaborik has the knowledge, skill, and drive to provide an aggressive defense contoured to the specific facts of your Essex, VA drug possession charge.


Under Virginia Code § 18.2-248, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance. Prosecution in Essex often focuses on the distribution of substances like heroin, cocaine, morphine, Ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine (crystal meth), Percocet, Oxycodone, Methadone, and similar drugs. With a first conviction, you face five to forty years in jail and up to $500,000 in fines. Subsequent convictions can lead to more time. You could even face life in prison. Sara Gaborik has defended drug distribution cases successfully for more than ten years, providing effective defenses for those facing drug distribution charges in Essex. She represents her clients aggressively with an endless drive and skills developed in the trenches.


In Virginia, certain individuals are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Many Virginia laws focus on keeping these people from obtaining one. Virginia Code § 18.2-308.2 generally prohibits convicted felons from possessing or transporting firearms, firearms ammunition, stun weapons, explosives, or concealed weapons. Virginia prohibits others from firearm possession as well. Virginia also bans some weapons including 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, using or trying to use a firearm in the course of committing a crime will result in three or more years of jail time being added 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 a person during the commission or attempted commission of a felony. These are a few examples of firearm laws in Virginia. For over ten years, Sara Gaborik has successfully represented Essex defendants in firearm cases. She has the knowledge, experience, and skill to contour each client’s defense to the unique circumstances of each case.


Virginia law establishes a wide range of theft and robbery categories ranging from grand larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-95, to petit larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-96. Petit and grand larceny can both result in substantial jail time and heavy fines. Virginia Code § 18.2-104 imposes additional and harsher penalties for subsequent offenses. Virginia law establishes additional theft-type crimes such as receiving stolen goods, Virginia Code §§ 182.108, 18.2-108.1, issuing a bad check, Virginia Code §§ 18.2-181, 18.2-181.1, forging a public record, Virginia Code §§ 18.2-168, 18.2-172, committing credit card related crimes, Virginia Code §§ 18.2-192, 18.2-193, 18.2-195, and other crimes. Further, Virginia imposes harsh punishments for embezzlement. Virginia Code § 18.2-111 and Virginia Code § 18.2-152.8. Sara Gaborik has represented Essex clients for over ten years in larceny or embezzlement cases. She designs a unique defense for each client’s situation and undertakes the defense with skill, knowledge, and tenacity. Where possible, she may be able to get the charges reduced to a lower classification with reduced penalties.



300 Prince St.

Tappahannock, VA 22560
Phone: (804) 443-3744
Fax: (804) 443-4122

The County of Essex General District Court is located at 300 Prince Street in Tappahannock, Virginia 22560. The Circuit Court is located across the street at 305 Prince Street.  The General District Court has four judges who rotate between hearing traffic, criminal, and civil cases.

Virginia provides online information about each court, including the Essex General District Court. The state website also provides a useful information bulletin about General District Court and you should review it carefully before your court appearance.

Directions to Essex General District Court

Here is a map showing the location of the court house.

From the north, take Route 17 into Tappahannock. The section of Route 17 that goes through the town of Tappahannock is called Church Lane. Turn left on Prince Street.

From the south, take Route 17 into Tappahannock. The section of Route 17 that goes through the town of Tappahannock is called Church Lane. Turn right on Prince Street.

From the east, take Route 360 across the river into Tappahannock. Route 360 becomes Queen Street in the town of Tappahannock. Turn left onto Route 17 (Church Lane). Turn left onto Prince Street.

Essex 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. The Court schedule can be found here.

Essex General District Court Parking 

Street parking is available free of charge but the spaces can fill up, so try to arrive early to ensure you find a spot.

Entrance and Security Screening at Essex 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 Essex 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.