It is a common occurrence in America: a person becomes locked out of their home and has to call a locksmith to make a spare key right there on the doorstep. On-site key making is just that. A locksmith comes to a home or residence and creates a spare key right then and there for the person to gain access to the residence.
The obvious problem is what if the person who called the locksmith doesn't belong at the residence? In order to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to homes in this manner, many states have created laws to regulate on-site key making. The majority of these laws regulate locksmith licensing and what requirements are necessary when a locksmith comes to a home to make a key.
Generally, a locksmith who does an on-site key making will have to do all of the following:
If you are charged with not meeting the requirements for on-site key making, it is strongly suggested that you contact a criminal defense attorney, because along with criminal punishment, you could face civil liability to the true owner of the property. Only an attorney will be able to fully explain the issues and help in your defense.
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