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Henrico VA Attorney, Sara Gaborik Lawyer 


Henrico, Virginia Practice Areas:


Virginia DUI laws make it unlawful for drug- or alcohol-impaired individuals to operate vehicles. Those who drive after consuming drugs, alcohol, or both may charged with DUI pursuant to Virginia Code § 18.2-266. DUI charges range from misdemeanors to felonies and carry substantial fines, extended license suspensions, and jail time. Penalties escalate, under Virginia Code § 18.2-270, with cases involving higher blood alcohol content and prior DUI offenses. Even a first offenders, however, can receive a fine, license suspension and jail time. Sara Gaborik has a solid established record of success over the past decade, skillfully representing her Henrico clients in DUI cases with dedication, tenacity, and compassion.


Henrico, VA reckless driving charges cover driving behaviors that put others at risk like driving too fast, causing or almost causing an accident, failing to stop for a school bus, driving too fast for conditions, and failing to yield right of way.  Virginia Code § 46.2-852 describes this as driving “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” If you are convicted of reckless driving, you face up to a six-month suspension of your license, up to six demerit points on your driving record, a fine of up to $2,500, and up to one year in jail. Law enforcement can overcharge with reckless driving which provides an experienced lawyer with the opportunity to negotiate a lesser charge. Over more than a decade, Sara Gaborik has established a successful reckless driving defense record in Henrico. She will use her knowledge and skill to prepare an effective defense specific to your circumstances and use her drive and tenacity to provide an aggressive defense for you.


Virginia traffic tickets can result in demerit points assessed against your driver’s license as well as license suspension, revocation, or, for CDL drivers, disqualification. Even jail time awaits some violators. The officer who wrote your ticket will be in court to testify if you decide to challenge your ticket. That officer has been trained, could have years of experience testifying, and will have already established credibility with the presiding judge. Whether you have decided to contest the ticket or not, you should consult an experienced Henrico traffic lawyer, especially 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 experienced traffic attorney can be important for lesser charges as well. In the past decade, Sara Gaborik has successfully defended many Henrico traffic violation cases. She has the skill, knowledge, and drive to represent you aggressively.


If your Virginia driver’s license was suspended or revoked, having your driving privileges reinstated is not automatic or guaranteed. Under Virginia Code § 46.2-411, a Court can deny that reinstatement if “necessary for the safety of the public on the highways in the Commonwealth.” Even if the Court does not bar you outright, you must satisfy all requirements to obtain it. Virginia Code § 19.2-392.2 provides for criminal record expungement in certain cases. You may be eligible if you were charged with a crime but acquitted, or you were charged but your case was never prosecuted, or someone used your name, without your consent or authorization, in connection with an arrest. For over ten years, Sara Gaborik has represented Henrico clients in license restoration and record expungement cases. She will use her skill, knowledge, and drive to help you put your life back together.


A Virginia Code section 18.2-250 conviction for drug possession (possession of a controlled substance) Henrico, VA can lead to significant life changes. Possession of a schedule I or schedule II substance is a Class 5 felony for which a defendant can face up to ten years in jail and a $2500 fine.  If you are a first-time offender, you may seek a deferred disposition. This provides for dismissing the charge after you have satisfied several terms. You would have to provide community service, undergo an assessment for substance abuse, complete any treatment the Court orders, and comply with probation and several other conditions. Penalties escalate with subsequent charges. Sara Gaborik has proven success with these cases and the drive, skill, and knowledge needed to provide an aggressive defense designed specifically for your Henrico, VA drug possession charge.


If you are charged under Virginia Code § 18.2-248 for manufacturing, selling, giving, or distributing a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance, you are facing felony charges. Prosecution in Henrico targets the distribution of a wide range of substances, most notably, heroin, Percocet, Oxycodone, morphine, Ecstasy (MDMA), cocaine, methamphetamine (crystal meth), Methadone, and similar drugs. With a first conviction, you may face five to forty years in jail and fines of up to $500,000. You face even more time with subsequent convictions, all the way up to life in prison. Sara Gaborik has over ten years of experience defending those charged in Henrico with drug distribution. She has built a highly successful record with knowledge, skill, and the drive to provide aggressive defenses tailored to her clients’ circumstances.


Virginia laws prohibit certain individuals from possessing or transporting firearms. For example, Virginia Code § 18.2-308.2 generally prohibits convicted felons from possessing or transporting firearms, ammunition, stun weapons, explosives, or concealed weapons. Others are barred from firearm possession as well. Certain weapons are prohibited in Virginia such as spring guns, Virginia Code § 18.2-281, and the Striker 12 and similar guns, Virginia Code § 18.2-308.5. Using or trying to use a firearm while committing a crime will add jail time to the underlying sentence. Virginia Code § 53.1. It is Class 6 felony, under Virginia Code § 18.2-53, to unlawfully shoot, stab, cut, or wound another while in the commission of or attempted commission of a felony. These are just a few examples of Virginia’s laws on firearms. Sara Gaborik has represented Prince George defendants in firearms cases for over a decade. She has the experience, knowledge, skill, and drive to defend each client with a defense designed for the specific circumstances of the case.


Virginia law recognizes many categories of theft and robbery ranging from grand larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-95, to petit larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-96. Both petit and grand larceny can result in significant jail time and heavy fines. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-104, subsequent offenses lead to harsher penalties. The Virginia Code describes additional theft-type crimes 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 harshly punishes embezzlement. Virginia Code § 18.2-111 and Virginia Code § 18.2-152.8. Sara Gaborik has represented Henrico clients accused of larceny or embezzlement for over a decade. She works closely with her clients, designing a unique defense for each client’s situation. She defends each client with skill, knowledge, and tenacity and, where possible, tries to get the charges reduced to a lower classification with reduced penalties.



4301 E. Parham Road

Henrico, VA 23228

Phone: (804) 501-4723
Fax (Criminal/Traffic): (804) 501-7388
Fax (Civil): (804) 501-4141

The County of Henrico General District Court and Circuit Court are located in the same building at 4301 E. Parham Road Henrico, VA 23228.  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 Henrico 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. It also provides additional information on traffic cases, criminal cases, and drug court.

Directions to Henrico General District Court

Directions to the Court can be found on the website.

Henrico General District Court Hours

The court is generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are exceptions and standard holidays. More information can be found on the website.

Henrico General District Court Parking

Parking is free and plentiful. Overflow parking is some distance from the court so try to arrive early so you can find a space close to the building.

Entrance and Security Screening at Henrico General District Court 

Enter through the main entrance at the front of the building. The Court has issued a set of security rules for entry. You will be required to pass through a full security check including magnetometer, possible pat-down, and inspection of anything you are carrying.

Prohibited Items for Henrico 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

You are permitted to bring your cell phone into court but I generally advise my clients to leave their phones in their cars. If you bring your phone into court, it must be turned off and it will be sealed in a manila envelope while you are there. If your phone rings while you are in the courtroom, the judge can and will seize it until the end of the docket for that day, even if your matter is concluded early in the morning.  


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.