DUI convictions can make anyone’s life more difficult. Those setbacks can stem from expensive fines, black marks on one’s record or even jail time. However, it can be especially challenging when offenders wish to cross the border, as both Canada and Mexico have tight restrictions for foreigners with DUI convictions.
That’s because DUIs are often considered serious criminal offenses in these countries and those found guilty often face much harsher penalties than in the United States.
Here in Texas, first-time offenders typically have to pay exorbitant fines, spend approximately 3 to 180 days in jail or lose their driver’s license for up to one year. Offenders may also have to pay costly annual fees to get their licenses back.
What makes getting into Mexico so challenging
America’s southern neighbors often take a harsh stance against anyone who has had a DUI conviction in the past ten years. That’s because Mexico’s immigration laws consider driving under the influence an indictable offense.
However, there are some instances where Mexican customs agents may grant entry to offenders. Unfortunately, those with convictions are often more likely to be turned away at the border.
Having a clean record can make traveling easier
Traveling across the border can be much more difficult for those who have a DUI conviction on their record. Because of this, Texans who were charged with one may want to seek legal counsel. An experienced and dedicated attorney could be the difference between a clean record and a conviction.