POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS

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In the State of Florida, “Possession of Burglary Tools” is a serious felony offense.  In a nutshell, it is unlawful for any person to possess burglary instruments like lock picks, skeleton keys, crow bars, explosives, etc.  That is, unless the individual possesses these things for a lawful purpose.  Often, when arresting a suspect for burglary, law enforcement officers will also charge the suspect with Possession of Burglary Tools, if any object that is believed to have aided in the burglary was found on the person.  Keep in mind, a person does not actually have to steal anything to be charged and convicted of this crime.

Definition and Elements:  

The crime of Possession of Burglary Tools criminalizes the use or intended use of tools to unlawfully enter the premises of another.  To obtain a conviction, the state must prove the following:

  1. The defendant intended to commit a burglary;
  2. The defendant had in his possession tools intended to be used in the commission of the burglary; and
  3. The defendant did some overt act toward the commission of the burglary.


Punishment: 

In Florida, the crime of Possession of Burglary Tools is a third degree felony and is assigned a level 4 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.  Accordingly, the punishment may include one or all of the following.

  • 5 years in prison
  • 5 years of probation
  • $ 5,000.00 fine

 

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