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James E. Short, PLC
James Short

652 Independence Pkwy., Ste. 120
Chesapeake VT 23322
(757) 410-5042

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James E. Short, PLC

Please Call : 757-410-5042


If you have been arrested for DUI or any other criminal offense, you’ve come to the right place. You’ve also come to the right place for your family law and social security disability needs. I have been in practice for over 20 years and specialize in these areas.

Being a former prosecutor provides me with a unique perspective to assess your legal needs. I pride myself on being responsive to my client’s needs. I want to get to know my clients and build a long term relationship with them. As a result, my clients consistently refer their friends and business associates to me. When you set up a consultation, you will be meeting with me and not a paralegal. I practice in all local state courts and handle criminal cases in federal court.

A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, James Short graduated, cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his law degree in 1986 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. After graduating, Mr. Short was admitted to the Virginia State Bar. He started his career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth and held that position for four years. He has been in private practice since 1991.

Mr. Short is admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and is a member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Short has also been very active in the Chesapeake Bar Association where he served as President in 2007. His most recent professional goal was realized on October 14, 2008 when he was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Short was sworn-in to practice before the Court by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Mr. Short is very involved in the community. He is currently chairman of the Chesapeake Law Library Board. He previously held the position of Chairman of the Chesapeake Regional Local Human Rights Committee for three years. He is also past president of the Portsmouth Optimist Club and a former board member of Girls Incorporated. Mr. Short is very active in youth sports and enjoys coaching his son’s baseball and basketball teams.

Mr. Short lives in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife and two children. He enjoys golf, loves to read and is an avid fly fisherman. Mr. Short has been practicing law for over 20 years. His firm, James E. Short, PLC, is located in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. Mr. Short practices primarily in the areas of criminal law, DUI defense, family law and social security disability.

I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I can assist you in all your legal needs. Contact me today so that we can address how my legal expertise can benefit your case.

Please Call : 757-410-5042

Criminal Law

If you are accused of a crime, you face the terrible possibility of going to jail. An effective defense attorney can negotiate with prosecutors and can often arrange for reduced charges or lesser sentences.

I am a former criminal prosecutor with firsthand knowledge of how the Commonwealth builds a case against an accused person and where the Commonwealth is likely to go wrong with its case; I have practiced criminal law for over 20 years. When it comes to criminal law cases, an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a prison sentence and reduced or dismissed charges. I am dedicated to defending the rights of the accused. Even in less serious cases, a good criminal defense attorney can make a serious impact on the outcome of the case by ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process. For these and other reasons, it is vital that those accused of a crime select the most competent, experienced and effective attorney available.

If you have been accused of a crime, please contact me today. Do not settle for a guilty plea; being charged and convicted of a crime can lead to job loss, a criminal record and jail time. Let me represent you and protect your rights.

Please Call : 757-410-5042

Please Call : 757-410-5042


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