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Are you facing criminal and immigration issues wondering if you are still eligible for green card?
Do you need criminal defense attorney to keep you from being deported?
Does your immigration case depend on the successful defense of your criminal case?  
Were you charged with a crime where if plead guilty you would avoid jail time but do not know if the crime can get you deported?

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Criminal and immigration law are perceived and practiced, as mutually exclusive areas of law. However, there has been an increasing intersection between the two complicated areas of law. Often clients find themselves having a need to retain two separate attorneys, a criminal defense and an immigration law attorney, to resolve an issue arising out of the same set of facts.

A criminal history, however small, can ruin your chances for a green card or worse, land you in deportation proceedings, or permanently bar you from entering the U.S. Expungements  and often rehabilitative relief, do not make your immigration implications go away; such crimes can still land you in deportation proceedings, inadmissiable or keep you outside of the U.S. The immigration implications of pleas, convictions, and admissions vary depending on federal law, where you reside and how that Circuit has interpreted the meaning and scope of the state statute for purposes of Federal immigration law under which you are convicted, the length of time you may have served in jail, and your criminal attorney’s and the criminal judge’s behavior through the case. You need a very experienced criminal attorney who will fight your criminal case so you can avoid deportation and obtain your U.S. permanent residency.

Our law firm brings together the expertise from these complicated areas of law to resolve our clients’ legal issues  effectively and most importantly in a cost efficient manner. Call today to discuss your case.


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About Our Firm

The Law Offices of David S. Santee is a Philadelphia-based law firm that represents individuals and businesses in a variety of immigration matters, including family-based applications for permanent residency and naturalization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, asylum petitions, and removal defense. We have  extensive experience with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, having worked on more than 175 projects seeking EB-5 financing. Our firm’s founder, David S. Santee, Esquire, has nearly two decades of experience practicing law. A seasoned courtroom advocate, Mr. Santee is the former Director of Trial Advocacy Programs at Villanova University School of Law, where he continues to teach a course in Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor. In addition to representing clients in immigration matters, Mr. Santee has also tried hundreds of criminal cases. He often represents individuals who are at risk of being removed from the United States due to pending or past criminal charges.

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  • “I have had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Santee for over 5 years and have relied on his superb skills and excellent judgement to assist me in completing complex cases to successful outcomes. Our organization wouldn’t be where we are today without the strong relationship we have with Mr. Santee.”

    Thomas Martin Vice President, Baker Tilly Capital
  • “Mr. Santee represented me on my appeal. He got my conspiracy charge reduced and my sentence cut in half so that I ended up with time-served. He saved me four years of parole!”

    K.T. Lawncrest
  • "I thought I was going to die in prison. However, today I can see the light at the end of the tunnel because of the dedication and hard work of Attorney at Law David Santee. Anyone who is seeking true representation from an attorney who is not going to take your money and sell you out should consider David Santee because he will ensure your rights are protected."

    Luis Gonzalez Former Juvenile Lifer

More About Our Immigration Practice


Family Petitions

We represent individuals who are seeking to immigrate to the United States through a family member who is a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. This includes spouses, finances, children, siblings, and other family members.


Employment Petitions

We represent individuals who are seeking to travel or immigrate to the United States based on their employment status. This includes priority workers, skilled workers, professionals with advanced degrees, and foreign investors.


Removal Defense

We represent individuals in removal proceedings in Immigration Court. If you or a loved one has been served with a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, contact us now to find out what defenses are available.

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Serving all of Pennsylvania

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