Q: my friend was arrested in el paso. he had a friend's bike on his trailer, turns out that bike was stolen.
my friend was charged with theft over 2500 under 30000. how do i go about finding a good lawyer that wont cost us our houses and everything?
A: The first step is to figure out what it is worth to you to maximize your chances. If the person has no priors, the offense is a State Jail Felony punishable by 6 months to 2 years in State Jail and a fine up to $10,000. Perhaps the worst part of a conviction is being forever marked as a felon and a thief. So what is that worth to you? Would you lose your job, or your house, or your car, or your spouse, or custody of your kids? What is that worth? There is no wrong answer to these questions. The answer will be different for everyone.
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