Criminal Defense

Possessing Instruments of Crime


In Pennsylvania, a person commits the crime of Possessing Instruments of Crime when he or she possesses any instrument of crime with intent to employ it criminally. An instrument of crime is defined as “[a]nything specially made or specially adapted for criminal use” or [a]nything used for criminal purposes and possessed by the actor under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for lawful uses it may have.” In addition, a firearm or other weapon concealed upon a person with intent to employ it criminally is a violation.

Possessing Instruments of Crime is often abbreviated by the acronym “PIC” on police and court paperwork.

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