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Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device

The Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device crime in the state of Texas gives police the right to arrest you if they believe you possess lockpicking tools to commit crimes or a device used for specifically criminal purposes. Learn more detailed information about the Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device offense below.

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Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 4 “Inchoate Offenses,” Chapter 16 “Criminal Instruments, Interception of Wire or Oral Communication, and Installation of Tracking Device.”

What is the law in Texas about Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device?

The offense is described in Section 16.01 of the Texas Penal Code.

(a) A person commits an offense if:

(1) the person possesses a criminal instrument or mechanical security device with the intent to use the instrument or device in the commission of an offense; or

(2) with knowledge of its character and with the intent to use a criminal instrument or mechanical security device or aid or permit another to use the instrument or device in the commission of an offense, the person manufactures, adapts, sells, installs, or sets up the instrument or device.

How can I be charged with Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device?

You can be charged with Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 16.01 as described in the section above have been met.

What is the punishment for Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device?

A conviction for Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument or Mechanical Security Device under subsection (a)(1) is punished as one offense lower than the offense that the device was intended to help commit, and an offense under Subsection (a)(2) is a state jail felony.1


Legal References:

1Texas Penal Code Section 16.01(c)

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