An instrument of crime is anything specially made or specially adapted for criminal use, or an object that is commonly used for criminal purposes. Instruments of crime are sometimes referred to as "derivative contraband." Examples of an instrument of crime include:
Many states make it a crime to possess an instrument of crime in certain circumstances. Generally, in order to be guilty and later punished for the crime of possessing an instrument of crime, a person must:
These punishments do not generally take into account a person's previous criminal history. Because possessing an instrument of crime is generally associated with a repeat criminal offender, their punishment can be greater because of a violation of their parole or probation agreement.
If you are charged with possessing an instrument of crime, it is highly recommended that you contact a criminal defense attorney. Only an attorney will be able to explain the relevant issues and help in your defense.
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