James E. Short, PLC, handles a wide range of family law and criminal defense concerns. We are well-equipped to handle both contested and uncontested divorces, as well as custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support issues. For Virginia residents charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes, including DUI and reckless driving, we can offer aggressive and effective criminal defense services. Contact our office today to request a case review.


Drunk driving laws apply to anyone who is operating a motor vehicle, boat, or watercraft in Virginia—including mopeds operated on public highways. If you’ve been charged with DUI/DWI, you need an experienced attorney to help you determine your next steps and minimize the penalties you are facing. As a former prosecutor, attorney James Short is uniquely equipped to handle your DUI defense.

Reckless Driving

You may be surprised to learn that reckless driving is a criminal offense. A conviction can result in a number of negative consequences, including fines, jail time, the loss of your driving privileges, and the stigma of a criminal record. Trying to handle this charge on your own is risky when there's so much at stake. Let attorney James Short help you build the strongest possible defense.

Criminal Defense

Every criminal charge should be taken seriously because the consequences of a conviction can affect your future opportunities for years to come. From being denied employment to making it more difficult to secure housing, you can't afford to take chances when your future is at stake. James E. Short, PLC provides aggressive criminal defense services for Virginia residents accused of a wide range of misdemeanor or felony crimes, including DUI and reckless driving.

Family Law

Every family is unique, but one thing is for certain. Skilled legal representation is vital when you’re dealing with family law issues like divorce, child support, or child custody and visitation. James E. Short, PLC will work to provide your family with the support it needs to resolve your concerns and move forward with confidence. Contact our office today to learn how we can help you protect your rights, minimize conflict, and deal with the emotional challenges a family court case can bring.

Personal Injury

A car accident, slip and fall, or another negligence-related injury can have lasting consequences. You may be overwhelmed by high medical bills or wondering how to pay your living expenses while you’re out of work. Insurance companies are in no hurry to settle personal injury claims—regardless of the financial burden you’re facing. Let us help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.