Practice Areas

Criminal Law

If you have been accused of a crime, please contact me today. 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. 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.


DUI Laws are complicated. There are many technical issues in which an experienced DUI attorney can provide invaluable assistance. As a former prosecutor and as a defense attorney for 15 years, I am uniquely qualified to handle your DUI charge. I make sure you understand the details of your case and my goal is to achieve the best result for my clients.

Divorce and Spousal Support

Divorce is costly, both emotionally and financially. It can be especially difficult on children. I have been practicing family law for over fifteen years, and can help guide you through this difficult process should you need legal assistance in this area.

Child Support

Child support is the legal obligation of the parents to financially support their children. The calculation of child support can be tricky and it is recommended that you contact an experienced attorney who is familiar with the applicable law. I have many years of experience practicing family law.


There are a variety of factors the Court considers when granting custody. Custody litigation creates emotional difficulties for everyone involved and often can be destructive to family relationships. In a custody/visitation dispute, an experienced attorney will recommend attempting to negotiate a fair settlement before going to Court.


I have been practicing criminal and traffic law for over 20 years. Being a former prosecutor provides me with a unique perspective to assess your case. My firm, James E. Short, PLC, is located in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss your situation. Please contact me today so that we can address how my legal expertise can benefit your case.

Personal Injury

Accidents are an inevitable part of life. When you or a family member suffers personal injury in an accident, life can become very difficult. Physical injuries affect your ability to work, take care of your family, and pay your bills. If you or a family member has been the victim of an accident or suffered an injury because of someone else’s action or inaction, please call or email me today. I will take care of your legal issues so you can take care of your health and your family.

Wills and Power of Attorney

I have been a trial lawyer for over fifteen years. I look forward to hearing from you if you should need legal assistance in this area.

Social Security Disability

Have you been denied Social Security Disability benefits? You are not alone. Social Security denies approximately 70% – 75% of the applications for disability. If you feel that you have been unfairly denied your Social Security Benefits, do not give up. I would be happy to assist in the appeal process. I have been practicing law for over 20 years. I am deeply involved in and committed to helping individuals access the healthcare and disability benefits that they have been denied.