Possession of Burglarious Tools
Although most individuals know it is a crime to intrude onto other people’s property and to take possessions that are not rightfully theirs, many people do not realize that it is also a crime to possess tools that may be used for theft and burglary. In fact, the crime is often referred to as possession of burglarious tools.
People looking to avoid criminal charges should not carry or possess tools that may be considered to be objects used for illegal purposes. If you have been wrongfully accused of possession of burglarious tools, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
Types of Burglarious Tools
Tools that may be considered for criminal charges include:
- Tools that have been created or modified for breaking into rooms, safes, vaults or other depositories
- Tools used for lock-picking and accessing other secured places
- Tools used for prying open doors or windows
- Items that can be used to unlock or start automobiles
- Wire cutters and other tools that may be used to bypass fences or other barriers
In most cases, the prosecution will have to prove that the individual had intent to use the tools for criminal activity, or was aware that the tools were modified in a way to allow for criminal use.