Criminal Appeals

A judge will make several hundred decisions during the course of a typical criminal case. This includes every time the judge says “sustained” or “overruled” during the trial, every instruction the judge decides to give to the jury, and all of the factors the judge takes into consideration before imposing the sentence.  In making those decisions, they are required to follow the law and exercise their discretion fairly. But even the best judges make mistakes. And a mistake by the judge can change the outcome of the case.

Fortunately, the law provides a remedy. In all criminal cases, the defendant has an automatic right to appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, raising any legal errors (otherwise known as judge’s mistakes) that occurred before trial, during trial, and at sentencing. If the judge made one hundred decisions, there are one hundred possible grounds for appeal.

Identifying the errors – the grounds for appeal – is only the beginning. An effective appellate lawyer knows how to find the right law and make the most persuasive arguments. The Law Offices of David S. Santee has successfully represented many clients on appeal in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. If you or someone you know wants to challenge a conviction, please reach out to us today for a consultation.

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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
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