May 27, 2012, 10:53 AM
Post #15 of 22
Sternly questioned at the (Belize?) border is a lot different than five days in jail. Only Aduana can seize vehicles - again, involving drugs, guns, or stolen vehicles, human traffic.
I have only talked about problems with crossing "inter-state borders" within Mexico with an invalid temporary import permit - circumstances that the OP John Shrall might encounter driving a TIP car inside Mexico with an Inmigrado permit as he proposed - so, introducing inter-national Belize crossings do not fit on either count.
The two recently reliably reported problems had the Yucatan police saying that they should detain the expat's car until Aduana agents come to officially confiscate it - so, splitting that hair still can leave the driver without a vehicle, miles from home. Fortunately, the expats are currently being let off with warnings, but If Mexican authorities find enough expats flaunting the laws, they'll have incentive follow through on their threats to confiscate vehicles.
In your statements, you might also wish to explore the legal status between 'permanent resident', 'immigrant' and "temporary visitor".
Take a look at our 6 or so articles on Yucalandia that explore the legal status between 'permanent resident', 'immigrant' and "temporary visitor", based on personal experiences, current Mexican laws, and professional opinions by lawyers, and INM & Aduana agents at: http://yucalandia.wordpress.com/...xico-fmm-fm2-or-fm3/ - to stick to the OPs questions about the consequences of changing INM permit categories.
The crime committed is 'that your paperwork is not in order'. It is committed 1,000 times a minute, all over the world. This registration problem has been caused by Mexicans buying these 'chocolate' vehicles and then driving them illegally. They are usually a very good deal and apparently well worth the risk of getting caught.
This sounds cute and cool, but one local expat who spent 4 days in jail over such matters does not take things so lightly, and Sculptari's description of a non-problematic paperwork issue likely does not fit the OP's situation. Anonymous internet opinions & suppositions on hypotheticals are fun reads, but for reality, check out: http://www.yolisto.com/...n/page__hl__detained and http://jailbirdwhome.blogspot.mx/
Maybe things are different here in Yucatan. Less violent crime and more peaceful for a reason?
Maybe things are different where Sculptari lives or where John Shrall lives, so, I can only speak to how things work here.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on May 27, 2012, 11:43 AM)