richmond-attorney-dui-criminal-trafficRichmond VA Attorney, Sara Gaborik


Richmond, Virginia Practice Areas:


Virginia DUI laws prohibit those who are drug- or alcohol-impaired from operating vehicles. Under Virginia Code § 18.2-266, driving under the influence can include driving after consuming drugs, alcohol, or both. 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. Sara Gaborik has successfully represented her Richmond clients in DUI cases for over a decade with skill, dedication, tenacity, and compassion.


Reckless driving charges in Richmond, VA cover infractions such as excessive speeding, causing an accident, almost causing an accident, driving too fast for conditions, failure to yield right of way, and other acts behind the wheel that can put others at risk.  Virginia Code § 46.2-852 establishes penalties for drivers 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.” These penalties 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 in jail. Law enforcement often overcharges in this area, which gives a skillful lawyer the opportunity to get a client’s charges reduced. Sara Gaborik has established a solid record of success defending those charged with reckless driving in Richmond. She has the knowledge and skill to develop an effective defense designed for your set of circumstances and the tenacity and drive to ensure you get an aggressive defense.


Virginia traffic tickets can lead to demerit points against your license as well as license suspension, revocation, or, for CDL drivers, disqualification. They can even lead to jail time. If you challenge your ticket, you will face off in court with an officer who is trained and experienced in testifying and who has already established credibility with the judge. Whether you plan to contest the ticket or are leaning toward not contesting it, you should consult an experienced traffic lawyer who can help you decide what to do. This is particularly true 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, but it can be important for lesser charges as well. Sara Gaborik has successfully defended Richmond traffic violation cases for over a decade and has the knowledge, skill, and drive to represent you aggressively.


If your Virginia driver’s license was suspended or revoked, getting 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 the eligibility and process for expunging criminal records. If you were acquitted of a criminal charge, your case was not prosecuted, or someone used your name, without your authorization, in connection with an arrest, you may be eligible for record expungement. Sara Gaborik has the knowledge, skill, and experience to assess your Richmond license restoration or record expungement case and will aggressively represent you as you put your life back together.


If you are convicted for possession of a controlled substance (drug possession) in Richmond, VA, in violation of Virginia Code section 18.2-250, can lead to serious consequences. Possession of either a schedule I or schedule II substance is a Class 5 felony and carries penalties of up to ten years in jail and a $2500 fine.  If you are a first-time offender, you may be eligible for a deferred disposition which allows the charges to be dismissed if you provide community service, undergo an assessment for substance abuse, complete any treatment deemed necessary, and comply with probation and a few other conditions. A single drug conviction can cause life-long problems. If you are facing second or subsequent charges, the penalties can be harsher. Sara Gaborik has the knowledge, skill, drive and success you need for an aggressive defense of your Richmond, VA drug possession charge.


If you have been charged with drug distribution in Richmond, Virginia, you need an experienced criminal attorney immediately. Virginia Code § 18.2-248 makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, give to another, or distribute a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance. Prosecution in Richmond often focuses on the distribution of substances like cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy (MDMA), morphine, methamphetamine (crystal meth), Percocet, Oxycodone, and Methadone. A first conviction can result in jail time of five to forty years and up to $500,000 in fines. Subsequent convictions add more time—up to life in prison. Sara Gaborik has over a decade of experience providing effective defenses for those charged in Richmond with drug distribution crimes. She has the knowledge, skill, and drive to defend you aggressively.


Virginia prohibits certain individuals from possessing a firearm and many laws are designed to keep such people from obtaining one. Virginia Code § 18.2-308.2, for example, generally prohibits possession or transportation of firearms, firearms ammunition, stun weapons, explosives, or concealed weapons by convicted felons. Many others are barred from firearm possession as well. Certain types of weapons are barred in Virginia 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, using or trying to use a firearm while committing a crime will add three or more years of jail time to the underlying sentence. Virginia Code § 18.2-53 makes it a Class 6 felony 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 Richmond firearms defendants for over a decade and has the experience, knowledge, skill, and drive to defend each client with a defense tailored to the circumstances.


The Virginia criminal justice system includes many types of theft within the statutes dealing with larceny. These include grand larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-95, and petit larceny, Virginia Code § 18.2-96, both of which can carry jail time and heavy fines. Virginia Code § 18.2-104 imposes harsher penalties for subsequent offenses. The Virginia Code also includes 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 of theft or robbery. The Code also includes the crime of embezzlement. Virginia Code § 18.2-111 and Virginia Code § 18.2-152.8. Sara Gaborik has represented clients charged with larceny and embezzlement in Richmond for over a decade and defends her clients with knowledge, skill, and tenacity. She may be able to negotiate a more favorable outcome by getting the charges reduced to a lower classification with reduced penalties.



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The Richmond General District Court is divided into criminal, traffic, and civil divisions. The Law Offices of Sara M. Gaborik represents clients in the criminal and traffic divisions.

The Richmond—Criminal General District Court handles criminal matters from the Northside.Some judges rotate between criminal and traffic matters while others handle only criminal cases. The Court is located at:

920 Hull Street, Northside, Richmond, VA 23224-4070

Phone: (804) 646-6677 Fax: (804) 646-6684

The Richmond Manchester General District Court is located in the same building as the Richmond—Criminal General District Court and handles criminal and traffic matters from the Southside.One judge rotates between criminal and traffic court. The Court is located at:

920 Hull Street, Southside, Richmond, VA 23224

Phone: (804) 646-8990 Fax: (804) 646-0387

The Richmond—Traffic General District Court handles traffic matters from the Northside. Some judges rotate between criminal and traffic matters while one handles only traffic cases. The Court is located at:

John Marshall Courts Building
400 North 9th Street, Room 209
Richmond, VA 23219-1508

Phone: (804) 646-6431
Fax: (804) 646-6659

The Richmond Circuit Court is located in the same building as the Richmond—Traffic General District Court at:

John Marshall Courts Building

400 North 9th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: (804) 646-6505
Fax: (804) 646-6562
Fax— Law: (804) 646-7274
Fax—Criminal: (804) 646-6562

Directions to Richmond City Court

Please click on the appropriate court for a map of its location:

Richmond—Criminal General District Court

Richmond Manchester General District Court

Richmond—Traffic General District Court

Richmond Circuit Court

Hours of Richmond City Court

Richmond—Criminal General District Court: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Richmond—Traffic General District Court: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Richmond Manchester General District Court: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Richmond Circuit Court: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There are exceptions and standard holidays.

Richmond City Court Parking

Parking for the Richmond—Criminal General District Court and Richmond Manchester General District Court is available around the building and is free. Try to arrive early so you can find a space close to the building.

Parking for the Richmond—Traffic General District Court and Richmond Circuit Court is available on the street, in a parking lot across from the building, and in garages nearby. This is all paid parking. The garages are expensive and only accept cash. The street parking has the pay stations which accept credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Entrance and Security Screening to Richmond City Court

You will be required to pass through a full security check including magnetometer, possible pat-down, and inspection of anything you are carrying. Cell phones are prohibited, so please leave your cell phone in your car.

The entrance for the Richmond-Criminal General District Court and Richmond Manchester General District Court is located on West 9th Street.

The entrance for the Richmond—Traffic General District Court and Richmond Circuit Court is located at the corner of North 9th Street and East Clay Street. Both steps and a ramp are available.

Prohibited Items for Richmond City 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

Additional Information for Richmond City Court

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.