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SARA GABORIK IS AN EXPERIENCED AND EFFECTIVE PRINCE GEORGE, VA CRIMINAL ATTORNEY

Prince George, Virginia Practice Areas:

PRINCE GEORGE DUI CASES

Under Virginia DUI laws, it is unlawful for drug- or alcohol-impaired individuals to operate vehicles. Drivers who have consumed drugs, alcohol, or both may be impaired sufficiently to be charged with DUI pursuant to Virginia Code § 18.2-266. DUI charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies and are punishable by substantial fines, extended license suspensions, and time in prison. Virginia Code § 18.2-270 imposes more substantial penalties in cases involving higher blood alcohol content and prior DUI offenses. Even a first offense can lead to a fine, license suspension and jail time. Sara Gaborik has established a solid record of success over the past decade, representing her Prince George clients in DUI cases with skill, dedication, tenacity, and compassion.

PRINCE GEORGE RECKLESS DRIVING

Reckless driving charges in Prince George, VA, cover driving behaviors that put 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.  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.” A reckless driving conviction puts you at risk for suspension of your license 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 of imprisonment. Law enforcement sometimes overcharges with reckless driving so an experienced lawyer may be able to negotiate your charges down to a lesser charge. Over the past decade, Sara Gaborik has established a successful Prince George reckless driving defense record. She will use her skill and knowledge to craft an effective defense tailored to the circumstances of your charges and use her drive and tenacity to defend you aggressively.

PRINCE GEORGE TRAFFIC TICKETS

Virginia traffic tickets can cost you demerit points against your driver’s license and license suspension, revocation, or, for CDL drivers, disqualification. Some tickets can even lead to time in jail. If you challenge your ticket, the officer who wrote your ticket will be in court to testify. That officer has been trained and has substantial experience testifying and will have already established credibility with the presiding judge. Whether or not you have decided to contest the ticket, you should consult an experienced Prince George traffic lawyer, particularly 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. Sara Gaborik has successfully defended many Prince George traffic violation cases in the past ten years and has the skill, knowledge, and drive to represent you aggressively.

PRINCE GEORGE LICENSE RESTORATION AND RECORD EXPUNGEMENT

If your Virginia driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, getting your driving privileges reinstated is not automatic. Under Virginia Code § 46.2-411, a Court can deny reinstatement if “necessary for the safety of the public on the highways in the Commonwealth.” Even if you are not barred, you must satisfy all requirements of the Court to obtain it. Virginia Code § 19.2-392.2 makes certain people eligible for criminal record expungement. If you were charged with a crime but acquitted, or you were charged but your case was not prosecuted, or someone used your name, without your authorization, in connection with an arrest, you may be eligible. For the past decade, Sara Gaborik has represented Prince George clients in license restoration and record expungement cases. She has the skill, knowledge, and drive to help you with these matters as you put your life back together.

DRUG POSSESSION IN PRINCE GEORGE

A conviction under Virginia Code section 18.2-250 for possession of a controlled substance (drug possession) in Prince George, VA means significant life-changing problems. Possession of a schedule I or schedule II substance is a Class 5 felony carrying up to ten years of jail time and a $2500 fine.  A first-time offender may be able to get a deferred disposition which allows the charges to be dismissed once you have satisfied several conditions including providing community service, undergoing an assessment for substance abuse, completing whatever treatment the Court deems necessary, and complying with probation and several other conditions. If you are facing a subsequent charge, the penalties will escalate. Sara Gaborik has the drive, skill, and knowledge to design and carry out an aggressive defense tailored specifically to your Prince George, VA drug possession charge.

DRUG DISTRIBUTION IN PRINCE GEORGE

Under Virginia Code § 18.2-248, manufacturing, selling, giving, or distributing a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance is a felony. Prince George prosecutors target 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 Prince George with drug distribution. In building a highly successful record, she has developed the knowledge, skill, and drive to provide an aggressive defense tailored to the circumstances of your case.

PRINCE GEORGE FIREARM CHARGES

Virginia prohibits certain individuals from having firearms. Virginia Code § 18.2-308.2, for example, 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.

LARCENY / EMBEZZLEMENT IN PRINCE GEORGE

Virginia law covers thefts and robberies ranging from grand larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-95, to petit larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-96. Both petit and grand larceny can include time in jail and fines. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-104, subsequent offenses result in harsher penalties. The Virginia Code includes many other 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 provides harsh penalties for embezzlement. Virginia Code § 18.2-111 and Virginia Code § 18.2-152.8. Sara Gaborik has over a decade of experience representing Prince George clients accused of larceny or embezzlement and tailors each client’s case to the specific facts. She defends her clients with knowledge, skill, and tenacity and, where appropriate, may be able to get the charges reduced to a lower classification with reduced penalties.

 

PRINCE GEORGE GENERAL DISTRICT COURT

6601 Courts Drive

Prince George, VA 23875

Phone: (804) 733-2781/2783

Fax: (804) 733-2678

The Prince George General District Court and Circuit Court are located in the same building at 6601 Courts Drive, Prince George, Virginia 23875.  Two General District Court judges rotate between hearing traffic and criminal cases.

The General District Court website contains information pertinent to Prince George specifically. The site links you to additional information including judges, hours, and related matters. 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 Prince George General District Court

A map of the Court’s location can be found here. For directions, click on the directions prompt next to the address or call the Court directly.

Prince George General District Court Hours

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

Prince George General District Court Parking

A parking lot is located in front of the Court. Parking is free. The spaces can fill up, so try to arrive early to ensure you find a spot.

Entrance and Security Screening at Prince George 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 in the courtroom.

Prohibited Items for Prince George 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

ADDITIONAL VIRGINIA COURT INFORMATION

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.