Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

Deportation Defense Attorney in San Francisco and San Jose

Threatened with Deportation?

You have received a Notice to Appear in immigration court charging you as facing removal from the United States. The idea of appearing before an immigration judge can be intimidating, even terrifying. Now you must fight to remain in the United States.

When immigration trouble strikes, you need a San Francisco and San Jose removal defense attorney with the skill, experience, and dedication to successfully keep you in the U.S. You want a law firm that will respect you as a client and understands your needs. Our legal team will take a personal interest in your case, and work tirelessly to fight against deportation and keep your family together.

Contact us today for your initial consultation.

What is Deportation Defense?

Deportation defense (also referred to as removal defense) is a series of legal strategies used to prevent deportation or removal. This is one of the most complex and confusing areas of immigration law.

Actions to Prevent or Stop Removal Proceedings

Here are just a few of the legal strategies we use to prevent deportation:

  • Bond Redetermination Hearings: If you are in immigration custody on an ICE hold, our office can successfully argue that you should be released from ICE detention because you are not subject to 236(c) mandatory detention and do not pose a flight risk or danger to the community and national security.
  • Motions to Terminate: We argue to the Immigration Judge that the Government has failed to prove its charges of deportability or inadmissibility.
  • Waiver of Inadmissibility: This is a petition to allow a client to stay in the country despite the client's failure to meet all immigration requirements.
  • Cancellation of Removal Proceedings for Permanent Residents/212(c) waiver: We argue at the removal hearing that a client needs to keep or obtain permanent residency for humanitarian reasons, even though the client has a criminal background.
  • Adjustment of Status: We seek residency status for our client through connection to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member.
  • Asylum: We help clients obtain asylum where they have a reasonable fear of returning to their country.
  • Request for Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion: We ask ICE to withhold prosecution for humanitarian reasons and a client's low-priority status for deportation.

San Francisco and San Jose Deportation Defense Lawyer

At Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense, we help clients in San Francisco, San Jose and throughout Northern California area fight deportation. Our lead attorney, Mr. Shanfield, is a former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) attorney and prosecutor. After 14 years in practice, Daniel has been rated a Northern California Immigration "Super Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine.

He has an AVVO 10/10 rating and is judged "Superb" in experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. Our firm is dedicated to keeping families together and protecting their residency in the United States. We take the time to listen to our clients, and will work with you to build a strong deportation defense.

Contact a deportation defense attorney in San Francisco and San Jose at our firm for vigorous defense against deportation.

Clients Tell Their Stories

  • “this office should always be your first choice.”


  • “...their professional approach to all my concerns gave me the confidence I needed to relax”


  • “ case was a kind of difficult one, but Daniel made it done.”


  • “Thank you to Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield for all your hard work.”


  • “ was their expertise, diligence, and hard work that produced a successful outcome for me.”

    Former Client

  • “Efficient and knowledgeable...especially for complicated and non-standard immigration cases.”


  • “The outcome of their professionalism and expertise resulted in my deportation case being dismissed.”


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