McLean, VA asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Virginia

Q: Hi, Will my 2 misdemeanors present a problem with me vacationing in Mexico?


I am an American Citizen that plead guilty to 2 misdemeanor charges in August of 2014:

DWI, 1ST , Misdemeanor


I completed a 6 week rehab program and since then have not even received a parking ticket. I have no other prior criminal record, these are the only two issues on my record aside from speeding tickets.

My wife, son, and I have booked tickets for a vacation to Cancun and are looking forward to it. My questions are these:

1. Will my 2 misdemeanors present a problem with me vacationing in Mexico?

2. What are measures I can take now in order to alleviate any potential problems?

3. What specifically should I say to the immigration officer when going to immigration at Cancun airport?

4. Do you foresee me getting detained and separated from my family?

5. What should I do if I am detained and separated from my family? I do not speak spanish.

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Mexico generally allows U.S. tourists to enter without a criminal background check for short visits, but it is within the discretion of the border agents to allow or disallow entry. To minimize issues, make sure you have all required documentation in order, including a valid U.S. passport. If you are detained, ask for the U.S. Consulate to be contacted and seek legal advice; it would be advisable to have a list of English-speaking lawyers in Cancun prepared in advance.

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