Rip Torn's attorney says avoiding prison time for his client is the top priority.
Torn, the 79-year-old actor whose real name is Elmore, is accused of breaking into a Salisbury bank after hours on Jan. 29 while drunk and carrying a loaded gun.
His attorney, A. Thomas Waterfall, said they're talking with prosecutors about ways to resolve charges and exploring whether Torn qualifies for a form of probation available to first-time, nonviolent offenders.
In May, a judge dropped DUI charges against the actor, who was arrested in December 2008 on Route 44 in Salisbury after leaving the White Hart Inn. He entered a yearlong alcohol education program in May 2009.
Eight months later, Torn was arrested, accused of breaking into a bank, thinking it was his home. He has pleaded not guilty to trespassing, carrying a weapon while intoxicated and other charges.
Waterfall said the "Men in Black" actor is doing well with alcohol treatment and has given up his guns.