Hiring an Attorney
Although the ministerio publico, prosecutor, or district attorney is responsible for prosecuting your case, at any point during the criminal investigation or prosecution process, you may want to consider hiring a Mexican attorney to pursue your interests. An attorney can promote your interests with the ministerio publico and the court. While the Consulate cannot recommend specific attorneys, we do maintain a list of Mexican attorneys who have expressed interest in representing U.S. citizens.
Please note that, while we can provide you with information about an attorney's professional and educational background, we cannot vouch for the accuracy of the background material provided by the lawyer, nor can we vouch for his/her integrity and competence. When you engage an attorney, you should agree upon a written contract specifying exactly what your attorney is expected to do and how much he or she is to be paid for services rendered. Be cautious of those who promise prosecution in a short period of time in exchange for a large sum of money. Such a promise may indicate that these large sums are for bribes. Make certain that you receive a receipt for all payments made, and try to arrange the contract so that full payment is not expected until the entire contract has been fulfilled.
List of Mexican Attorneys (PDF 672 KB)
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