The criminal defense attorneys at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. are skilled property defense attorneys prepared to defend you against criminal allegations in Wisconsin. Our staff, including criminal defense lawyers Matt Meyer and Ben Van Severen defend possession of burglarious tools cases. Our law firm focuses all of its resources on defending criminal and drunk driving cases in Wisconsin. We believe hiring the best criminal defense attorney you can afford is crucial for your defense. Contact Meyer Van Severen at (414) 270-0202 to begin working on your case today.
It means you possessed burglary tools. Basically. Possession of burglarious tools is defined in section 943.12 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The crime is a Class I felony, carrying with it a maximum penalty of 3 years 6 months in jail. The crime has been committed when the defendant possesses “any device or instrumentality intended, designed or adapted for use in breaking into any depository designed for the safekeeping of valuables or into any building or room, with intent to use such device or instrumentality to break into a depository, building or room…”
Appellate courts have had an opportunity to define possession of burglarious tools a little further. In Perkins v. State, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin determined that a homemade key used to open parking meters constituted “burglarious tool.” In another case, Vanlue v. State, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin agreed with a trial court that two previous burglary convictions could be allowed into evidence to help show intent to use various tools for a burglary. Finally, a defendant doesn’t need to possess burglarious tools on more than one occasion to be convicted. The possession can be the first time the defendant ever touched the materials. This issue was explored by the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin in Dumas v. State.
At criminal defense firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. we believe that criminal cases are best defended by the best attorneys in Wisconsin. Our criminal defense attorneys, Matt Meyer and Ben Van Severen, are available to discuss your criminal case. During that discussion, one of our defense lawyers can begin preparing a basic strategy for defending your case. Contact Meyer Van Severen at (414) 270-0202 to begin discussing your case.