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What Is an Instrument of Crime?

Some criminal acts, such as burglary, may require using some instrument to complete the crime. A person possessing the tools can be charged with a criminal act. An instrument of crime, or tool, is anything object made or adapted specifically for criminal use. The object is sometimes called derivative contraband or burglary tools.

What are Examples of Criminal Tools?

Criminal tools include objects like:

What is considered a criminal tool depends on state law and can vary.

What Does the Prosecutor Need to Prove to Find Me Guilty of Possession of Criminal Tools?

Some states make possessing criminal tools a crime in specific circumstances. However, a prosecutor must prove three things to prove guilt:

Is Possession of Criminal Tools a Felony?

No. To possess criminal tools is a misdemeanor. An individual found guilty of possessing criminal tools may receive a punishment ranging from probation to jail time and community service. Whether an individual is charged with having criminal tools may depend on the charge. For example, in some jurisdictions, the intent to commit burglary is required for a person to be charged with possessing criminal tool.

Do I Need an Attorney to Fight a Possession of Criminal Tools Charge?

Yes. If you are charged with possessing criminal tools, talk to a criminal defense attorney.

A conviction of this misdemeanor can have long ranging consequences such as one year in jail or probation. A criminal defense attorney will explain your legal options and how to fight the case.

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Last Modified: 12-05-2016 09:01 PM PST

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