Alexandria Attorneys and Lawyers

You need to know where you stand. You need to know the worst-case penalties and all the ways a criminal conviction can hurt your future. You need to know your legal counsel will fight for you.

I am Jonathan Short, an Alexandria criminal defense lawyer who has defended thousands of clients in more than 25 years of practice. As a solo attorney, I will personally handle every aspect of your case. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to contact me as soon as possible. I may be able to help you avoid jail and a permanent criminal record, or limit the harshest consequences.

Dedicated Defense Against All Criminal Charges

From my Alexandria law office, I provide dedicated defense against all types of criminal charges, including:

Theft and property crimesI handle all theft charges, from shoplifting and trespassing to burglary and grand larceny.

Embezzlement / fraudI have extensive experience representing people accused of white collar crimes such as embezzlement or fraud.

Drug crimesFrom possession to trafficking and intent to distribute charges, I will help you build the strongest possible defense.

Prescription drug crimesWhether you have been accused of trading pills or prescription fraud, I will fight to protect your rights.

DWI / DUI / Drunk drivingWhether it is your first offense, a repeat offense or are under the age of 21, I will vigorously represent you.

Traffic violations — I handle major traffic crimes, such as driving with a suspended license or reckless driving, as well as lesser offenses that may eventually lead to license suspension.

Juvenile crimesFrom college students to high school age or younger, I can help protect your children’s rights and will work to ensure that they are not haunted by a criminal record for the rest of their lives.

Petty crimes / MisdemeanorsWhether it is a charge of assault and battery, domestic violence, or disorderly conduct, I defend against all charges, even if they are likely to not result in jail time. I will represent with the same zeal regardless of the level of the offense because there is nothing “petty” about any crime if you are the person charged with it.

Probation violationsA violation of probation may result in jail time. I fight to minimize the potential consequences by requiring probation officers and prosecutors to back up their claims that a violation has occurred.

Serious felony charges — I defend against all felony charges, including aggravated battery, robbery, manslaughter, murder and sex offenses.

Pursuing the Best Possible Outcome

I have an excellent reputation with prosecutors in northern Virginia, and I know when to negotiate and when to fight. I will work hard to get charges dismissed or reduced to help shield you from the worst. I am prepared to go to trial if that is what the situation calls for.

I am familiar with diversion programs to help first-time offenders avoid a criminal record, and I am an effective advocate at sentencing alternatives to jail, such as house arrest, work release, anger management counseling or drug treatment. Lastly, I believe that defense work demands the truth. If you do not need a lawyer, I will tell you so, rather than run up your fees. If jail is likely, I will prepare you for that.

Call for a Consultation With a DUI / DWI Defense Lawyer

Drunk driving and other criminal charges should not be taken lightly. Protect your rights.Contact me, an Alexandria criminal defense attorney, online, or call 703-465-5505 to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation. My office is conveniently located one block from the Eisenhower Metro and is easily accessible from the Washington beltway. I am within easy distance of the five busiest courthouses in northern Virginia. I can take Visa, MasterCard and American Express, or work with you on payment terms.

Click here to read a weapons possession case that Jonathan Short won in the Virginia Supreme Court.

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