Millions of locals and tourists alike spend billions of dollars in Las Vegas each and every year. The entire economy of the city heavily relies on the money gambling generates, which is why state lawmakers have established strict laws that impose harsh punishments on those who cheat, steal, or attempt to commit fraud.
The following casino crimes are considered category B felonies:
- Cheating - To cheat is defined by Nevada law as altering the rules or odds of the game to the player’s favor.
- Gambling fraud - From using insider information to claiming someone else’s winnings, there are many types of gambling fraud.
- Use of counterfeit chips - This also includes possessing and manufacturing wagering credits and gaming tokens.
- Use of a cheating instrument - It is considered a device used to obtain an advantage in a casino game, whether it’s counting cards or predicting the outcome. Additionally, you are not allowed to sell or manufacture cheating devices.
A first offense of any one of the crimes above results in a prison sentence between one and six years, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000. A subsequent offense is punishable by the same penalties; however, probation is not an option for defendants and they must serve a mandatory minimum of one year prior to qualifying for parole.
Another common casino crime that isn’t a class B felony is casino marker default, which means failure to pay back the money line provided by the casino. If a person fails to pay a casino marker which costs $250 or more, the crime is considered a class D felony. This type of felony is punishable by a prison sentence between 19 months and four years, as well as a fine of up to $5,000.
Keep in mind, those that owe that much money have 30 days to take care of the casino marker debt. If the debt remains after those 30 days, civil and criminal charges will be filed and an arrest warrant will be issued.
If the casino marker is less than $250, it is charged as a misdemeanor. This often results in a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine of up to $1,000.
If you have been arrested for a casino crime in Las Vegas, let our experienced legal team at Turco & Draskovich protect your rights and future. Contact us and request a consultation to get started on your defense today.