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To be charged with possession of criminal tools, you must have substances, devices, instruments or articles that you’re intending to use for criminal purposes, such as parts used to make dangerous explosives or dangerous explosives themselves.
Nearly every day in central Ohio people are charged with possession of criminal tools. Depending on the severity of the allegations, possession of criminal tools charges can range from a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a fifth degree felony punishable by up to 12 months in prison.
If you are convicted of possession of criminal tools, additional potential issues include:
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with possession of criminal tools. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful, if there were any problems in the collection, storage or testing of the substances, instruments, devices or articles in question and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, lab reports and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with possession of criminal tools. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with possession of criminal tools, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.