Attorney gets arrested for helping client

ALAMOGORDO — A New Mexico divorce attorney is facing jail time after being caught on tape helping his client break into the home she once shared with her estranged husband.

According to authorities, Raymond Van Arnam helped his client break into the home to help her move out her belongings.  While inside, she stole legal papers that belonged to her soon to be ex-husband.

Van Arnam pleaded guilty to several criminal charges, including damage to property, criminal trespassing, and larceny.  He was sentenced to pay $5,000 in restitution and spend 30 days in jail.

However, he will be allowed work release during the week so he can continue to practice law and has not lost his license.

This is not the first time Van Arnum has been in trouble with the law.
In 2002, he was convicted of cocaine possession and temporarily disbarred.

Now, the state supreme court is considering permanently disbarring the divorce lawyer because of the tape.