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Possession of Criminal Tools

Charged with Possessing Criminal Tools in Ohio? Call LHA. Free Consults: (614) 500-3836.

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:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of possession of criminal tools, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who is a criminal offender. Therefore, it is critical that you give your possession of criminal tools charge the level of importance it deserves.

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.

Are you in trouble? Contact us.

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 (614) 500-3836 or via email at


General Penalties
This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
With intent to commit a felony
This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six months to one year
  • At most, a fine of $2,500

Frequently Asked Questions

What if these items aren't mine?
The police should seek to establish who owns the materials. If you feel that you have been wrongfully accused, your best option is to contact a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to straighten things out.


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