My innocent neighbour in jail….

My wonderful neighbour Sherry spent last night in jail. Unwittingly she had purchased a stolen vehicle.
In Mexico if you are in possession you are guilty until proven innocent. The process to avoid a long time in jail needs to be invoked speedily. There are two ways one to claim that you are the victim of fraud and name the person you believe guilty or get an Impago which buys time. Many guilty people use this as means of getting away with murder. Understanding how the law in Mexico works is interesting and certainly doesn´t follow the British idea of innocent until proved guilty. Here you are guilty until proved innocent. If you are a foreigner the law may not be administered in a fair way unless you happen to be French with persuasive political connections. Lawyers can sometimes “play” with their clients so that they can reap a bigger fee. Meanwhile they may languish in a Mexican jail which is no holiday camp. In Sherry´s case the lawyers appear to have done their job so far and she is I am relieved safely home.


About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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