Gambling is fun, but you need to be at least 21-years-old to do it in Atlantic County, New Jersey. This can be confusing in casinos since people are technically allowed inside the casino if they’re under 21 as long as they’re not on the gambling floor. This means that if you happen to be in the casino and walking across a gambling floor to get to your hotel, you could still be charged with underage gambling.
Whether it seems fair or not, law enforcement and prosecutors don’t always have sympathy for people charged with underage gambling. Even if you have been caught gambling underage for the first time, you can still be punished to the full extent of the law.
If you get caught on a gambling floor and you’re under 21, the charge will be placed on your criminal record and you could face the following penalties:
- Fines (Between $500 and $1,000)
- Driver’s license suspension (Six months)
- Community service
- Jail time
Some additional facts that could be problematic include:
· Parents, guardians, or anyone with custody of a child charged with underage gambling can also be charged with a disorderly persons offense
· Plea bargains aren’t an option for people caught gambling underage
· The only way to avoid severe punishment options is to fight the charges in court
If you or your child have been charged with underage gambling in New Jersey, you need the assistance of a strong, local criminal defense attorney to ensure that rights are protected throughout the legal process.
John Tumelty is a battle-tested attorney who has represented countless clients accused of casino crimes in Atlantic City. As a former assistant county prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Trial Section, he has unique insight into how prosecutors evaluate a criminal case and prepare a case for court. This gives him a huge advantage when preparing a case and strategizing for trial. He will fight hard to protect you or your child and to avoid a criminal record.
Call 609-385-4010 or fill out our contact form today to request a free consultation with Mr. Tumelty
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