Possession of Burglar’s Tools

The crime of possession of burglar’s tools is one that doesn’t require another crime to be committed in order for an individual to be found guilty. Simply being in violation of the law is enough, regardless of whether the tools were actually use to commit a burglary or other crime. If you are being charged with possession of burglar’s tools, contact our office today for a free consultation. David Galison is experienced in New York criminal defense cases, and will work hard for your interests.

The definition of possession of burglar’s tools is simple under the laws of New York. It is as follows -

“A person is guilty of possession of burglar’s tools when he possesses any tool, instrument or other article adapted, designed or commonly used for committing or facilitating offenses involving forcible entry into premises, or offenses involving larceny by a physical taking….under circumstances evincing an intent to use or knowledge that some person intends to use the same in the commission of an offense of such character.”

The intent requirement under the law is often a place of much debate in court. In order to be convicted of this crime, the prosecution will need to prove the actual intent of possessing those tools. This charge is a class A misdemeanor, with a punishment of no more than one year in prison possible.

We would love to talk with you about the specifics of your case; call anytime during normal business hours to 516-242-4477. We look forward to working together on your defense.