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Possessing criminal tools ORC § 2923.24

Definition of possessing criminal tools

  • Having control or possession of a device,
  • With purpose to use it criminally.


Possessing criminal tools is basically a law against having shanks or shivs. Notably, you do not have to be in prison to be charged with possessing criminal tools. However, this offense can also be non-dangerous item like a check used in a forgery case. The statute just requires that the item be used by the defendant criminally.

Potential Penalties

Possessing criminal tools is generally a misdemeanor of the first degree and can be penalized by up to 100 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, the criminal tool was used in the commission of a felony, the charge becomes a felony of the fifth degree and can be punished by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2500.

At Funkhouser Law, from the moment a client walks through the door, we presume that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of possessing criminal tools, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.

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