Juan Rocha Esq

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Contact Information

Rocha Law Firm
406 W 6TH DR, Mesa, Arizona, 85210-2314




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 2007

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: February 22, 2007

Other Language(s): Spanish


Juan Rocha was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States when he was three years old. He and his parents applied for lawful permanent resident status after President Ronald Reagan signed the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which granted lawful status to immigrants that had entered the country before January 1, 1982. In 1996, he became a United States citizen. Armed with a U.S. passport, Juan moved to Thailand and traveled around Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia). After graduating from Arizona State University, he picked up his passport and traveled to Western Europe and later Central and South America. In 2001, he moved to Chicago and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago where he had the fortune of being a student of then-Professor Barack Obama. He received his law degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.

For six years he was an Assistant Federal Public Defender representing indigent clients in federal court and has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2013, he opened his law firm representing clients in the criminal and immigration courts. Juan has written extensively on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. His articles have been published by the University of Chicago; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); and The Federal Bar Association, among other publications. Juan has also appeared on PBS and Spanish-language radio to discuss criminal and immigration law and policy.

Juan is a lecturer at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He teaches a class titled, "Southwest Border Crimes." The focus of the course is how the federal government uses the criminal and immigration code to prosecute noncitizens of various immigration crimes and how these crimes impact a noncitizen’s immigration status. Juan has been a presenter at law conferences and universities. He gave the keynote address on “Crimmigration” at San Diego State University, has presented at the University of Arizona School of Law, and the National Association of Legal Investigators annual conference, and various continuing legal education seminars. He has also written editorial pieces about Arizona politics and has been quoted by The New York Times.

Juan’s story is an example of how reasonable immigration policy produces good citizens and enriches a country.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Appellate Practice Civil Appeals, Criminal Appeals
Criminal Law Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Forfeiture, Crime Victims Compensation, Civil Fraud, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Art Fraud, Bribery, Burglary, Automobile Fraud, Assault and Battery, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Domestic Violence, Drivers License Suspension, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Criminal Antitrust, Expungements, Extortion, Electronic Surveillance, Embezzlement, Federal Criminal Law, Extradition, Forensic DNA, Felonies, Forgery, Fraud, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Grand Jury Practice, Habeas Corpus, Hit and Run, Homicide, Identity Theft, Forensic Accounting, International Criminal Law, Malicious Prosecution, Mail Fraud, International Extradition, Manslaughter, Wiretapping, Wire Fraud, White Collar Law, White Collar Fraud, White Collar Criminal Defense, Sexual Assault, Sex Crimes, Search and Seizure, Post-Conviction Remedies, Money Laundering, Murder, Parole and Probation, Misdemeanors, Odometer Tampering, Victims Rights, Vehicular Homicide, Weapons Charges, White Collar Crime, Stalking, Shoplifting, Theft, Traffic Violations
Immigration Law Asylum, Business Immigration, Citizenship, Consular Law, Deportation, Diplomatic Immunity, Employment Authorizations, Employment Immigration, Political Asylum, Refugee Law, Permanent Visas, Labor Certifications, Employment Visas, Family Immigration Law, Investor Visas, Immigration Discrimination, Removal Proceedings, Religious Visas, Visas


  • 9th Circuit (Active), Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • U of California - LA

  • Last Updated: January 22, 2021
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  • Mesa, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Free Consultations: No

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