• James E. Short, PLC
  • 652 Independence Parkway Suite 120
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
  • Phone: 757-410-5042
  • Directions

None of us can predict the future, but there’s no need to let unexpected challenges or simple mistakes put everything you’ve worked for at risk. James E. Short, PLC can provide the legal help you need to find the best way to move forward.

Criminal Defense

My office provides aggressive criminal defense representation for Virginia residents charged with a wide range of misdemeanor and felony crimes, including drug possession, domestic violence, and assault. I believe every charge, even if you think it’s a simple misunderstanding, must be taken seriously due to the far-reaching consequences a criminal record can have on your future opportunities.

My criminal defense services also include DUI/DWI and reckless driving charges. Many people are surprised to learn these are both considered criminal charges instead of simple traffic offenses. With my help, you may be able to preserve your driving privileges and avoid facing a stiff increase in insurance premiums.

Family Law

When your family’s wellbeing is at stake, you need an attorney you can trust. I’ll handle your family law concerns with sensitivity and discretion while working to ensure your interests are protected and you won’t face an undue financial burden.

I handle both contested and uncontested divorce in Virginia. I’m also equipped to address your needs regarding child support, child custody, and visitation issues—even if you never legally married your child’s other parent.

Request a Consultation to Discuss Your Next Steps

James E. Short, PLC serves clients from Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and the surrounding areas. Call or complete my contact form today to request a consultation.

Directions to My Chesapeake Office

From the North (Norfolk):

  • Turn left onto E Freemason St.
  • Turn right onto St Paul’s Blvd.
  • Use the left two lanes to turn left onto the I-264 W ramp to I-464/Downtown Tunnel.
  • Keep left and merge onto I-264 W.
  • Merge onto I-264 W.
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on I-464 S, follow signs for Chesapeake.
  • Take exit 1A for I-64 toward VA Beach.
  • Use the right lane to continue toward N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Keep right, follow signs for Battlefield Blvd, and merge onto N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Merge onto N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Volvo Pkwy.
  • At the traffic circle, take your first right onto Independence Pkwy.
  • Our office will be approximately a quarter mile down on the right-hand side.
  • Our building is the first one to the left as you turn into the parking lot.

From the South (Moyock):

  • Head northwest on NC-168 N toward S Mills Rd.
  • Continue onto VA-168 N. (Toll road)
  • Take exit 13A for VA-168 BUS/Battlefield Blvd North.
  • Merge onto VA-168 BUS N/N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Volvo Pkwy.
  • At the traffic circle, take your first right onto Independence Pkwy.
  • Our office will be approximately a quarter mile down on the right-hand side.
  • Our building is the first one to the left as you turn into the parking lot.

From the East (Virginia Beach):

  • Take Arctic Ave and 22nd St to I-264 W/Norfolk Virginia Beach Expy/Virginia Beach Expy.
  • Continue onto I-264 W/Norfolk Virginia Beach Expy/Virginia Beach Expy.
  • Keep left to continue on I-264 W.
  • Use the left lane to merge onto I-64 E toward I-664 N/Chesapeake/Suffolk.
  • Take exit 290A-B to merge onto N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Merge onto N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Volvo Pkwy.
  • At the traffic circle, take your first right onto Independence Pkwy.
  • Our office will be approximately a quarter mile down on the right-hand side.
  • Our building is the first one to the left as you turn into the parking lot.

From the West (Suffolk):

  • Get on US-13 N/US-460 E/US-58 E from Pinner St and US-460 BUS E/U.S. 58 Bus.
  • Merge onto US-13 N/US-460 E/US-58 E. Continue to follow US-13 N/US-58 E.
  • Use the right lane to take the US-13 N ramp to I-264 E/I-64/Portsmouth/Norfolk/VA Beach.
  • Keep left and merge onto I-664 S.
  • Use the right two lanes to take exit 15B for I-64 toward Chesapeake/VA Beach.
  • Continue onto I-64 W.
  • Use the right two lanes to take the Battlefield Blvd exit toward VA-168BUS/I-464 N/Norfolk.
  • Use the right lane to continue toward VA-168 BUS S/N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Keep right, follow signs for Battlefield Blvd, and merge onto VA-168 BUS S/N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Merge onto VA-168 BUS S/N Battlefield Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Volvo Pkwy.
  • At the traffic circle, take your first right onto Independence Pkwy.
  • Our office will be approximately a quarter mile down on the right-hand side.
  • Our building is the first one to the left as you turn into the parking lot.