Mexico Criminal Reform in a Nutshell

Top five Changes in Mexico Criminal Law Reform 

On February 19th, 2021 Mexico Criminal Law Reform was been published.  Mexico´s General Constitution and relevant federal laws, including its National Criminal Procedure Code and Criminal Code have been reformed.

 

Some of the highlights of Mexico´s Criminal Law Reform are some changes in articles 108 and 111 of the Constitution, particularly in the sense that “any citizen” could face charges of serious criminal offences like treason, corruption, electoral crimes, etc. This change is relevant because the president in office, and also former presidents, could be subjects of criminal proceedings and eliminating presidential immunity.

 

What are the top five changes in Mexico  Criminal Law Reform?

  1. Presidential immunity is eliminated, from now on any citizen” could face charges of serious criminal offences like treason, corruption, electoral crimes, etc.
  2. Changes in the National Criminal Procedure Code extending the catalog of serious offences with mandatory pre-trail detention, including electoral offences, environmental offences, forced disappearance of persons, etc.
  3. Access to get bail if the damage has been repair, this includes offences with mandatory pre-trial detention.
  4. Stronger penalties for firearms and guns related offences
  5. New catalog of offences that could be considered as organized crime, including some environmental offences, firearms and gun offences, etc.

Mexico Criminal Law Reform includes a new catalog of federal offences with mandatory pre-trial detention, new criteria about organized crime offences and some environmental offences are now considered as serious offences with no bail and larger jail-time.

 

This new reform is relevant because the presidential immunity is eliminated; therefore, the president in office and former presidents could be subjects of criminal proceedings. Noe Mexico has a new catalog of serious offences with mandatory pre-trail detention, including electoral offences, environmental offences, forced disappearance of persons, etc. and serious penalties to offences related to firearms and guns related offences.

My name is Luis Guillermo Cruz Rico , a dually-qualified lawyer in Mexico and Canada, authorized to practice law In both ends of North America;  with a combined experience of more than 21 years practicing law in  both countries I am able to provide  s an unique understanding and command of two different legal systems, cultures and languages;

I am a Barrister and Solicitor and foreign legal consultant for Mexico in Ontario and lawyer in good standing in that country with experience in cross-border litigation, including criminal defence, extradition and transfer of prisoners  between Mexico and Canada.

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