First time offense, 19 yr old male burglary charges, prison time?

Texas: My little brother is 19 years old and just got arrested a week ago and is in jail with 2 charges of burglary of a vehicle and 1 of habitation. He has maybe 26 charges pending as well cause he broke into like 10 other cars that night and like 10-16 others a few days before that. The police raided his apt. and found items that they are in the process of confirming that belong to all those other vehicles. This is his first time arrested, will he go to prison? His bail is $35000 and he was arrested with his friend. The habitation charge is because he took some items from a home garage. He’s been really messed up on prescription drugs and I know all he needs is a little jail time to straighten him out. That plus some **** rehab and I know he’ll change. Is there a chance that he’ll go to prison? or just jail?

Asked on July 3, 2009 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I think your brother is looking at some serious time here.  He broke into some two dozen cars and someone's garage.  It really makes him look like a one-man crime wave.  I'm not a Texas attorney, so I don't know exactly how all the charges fit together;  in some situations, the value of a bunch of small thefts can be added together to make a single felony theft charge but I'm not sure that applies here.

Your brother needs a lawyer.  I very much doubt the lawyer will be able to get him off, but that's the best chance your brother has of getting any leniency and appropriate treatment for his substance abuse problem.


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