Burglary is usually defined as the crime of entering into or remaining in property of another without consent from the property owner or without proper authority and with the intent to commit a felony or a theft once inside the property. In Georgia, a person who intended to commit a burglary but did not actually attempt to commit a burglary can still be accused of a crime if they caught with their burglary tools.

What Are Burglary Tools?

Burglary tools are any type of device or tool used to aid breaking into a building or other structure and/or committing a theft or felony inside. These tools are illegal to possess in many jurisdictions.

What Are Examples of Burglary Tools?

Some examples of burglary tools include:

  • Crowbar
  • Lock pick
  • Screwdriver
  • Rope for climbing
  • Anything used to hide or remove fingerprints or someone’s identity, such as gloves or masks
  • Heavy duty tools to help in burning through concrete and other solid materials
  • Explosives

What Is the Law in Georgia Regarding Possessing Burglary Tools?

Possessing burglary tools, or any tools that could be used to commit a crime, is unlawful in Georgia. According to state law, a person is guilty of the crime of possession of tools for the commission of crime when they have any explosive, tool, or device commonly used in:

  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Other crime

The person must also intend to use the criminal tools in their possession to commit another crime.

What Is the Criminal Punishment for Possessing Criminal Tools in Georgia?

The punishment for having criminal tools in a one’s possession is one to five years in prison.

Should I Hire a Lawyer to Defend Me in My Possession of Criminal Tools Case?

Yes. It is important to have legal representation whenever you are facing prison time. Contact a Georgia criminal lawyer immediately to determine the best way to fight your criminal charge.