Whether you’re an out-of-state visitor to Atlantic City or an employee at one of the AC casinos or hotels, you could be in serious trouble if you get caught cheating at a casino game. That’s because Atlantic City law enforcement won’t hesitate to arrest anyone who cheats or otherwise scams a casino, while Atlantic County prosecutors often seek maximum punishments in these cases.
There are a number of ways that a person can “cheat” a casino, such as engaging in a betting scam, writing bad checks, or failing to pay markers. The most common type of casino crime is known as “cheating and swindling.” A person who purposely or knowingly commits fraud while attempting to win money at the casino can be charged with a criminal offense for cheating and swindling. For instance, you may have been accused of past post betting, which means that you placed a bet on the gaming table after the dealer indicated that no more bets could be made. Whether you moved chips onto the craps table after the dice had been thrown or removed chips from blackjack table after the cards had already been dealt, you need to know that this was not just a violation of casino rules; it was also a violation of the law.
Depending on the particulars of the case, including the total value of the fraud or theft involved, you could be charged with a felony-level offense and face years behind bars, heavy monetary fines, and a permanent criminal record.
The best way to fight a casino cheating and swindling charge is to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The NJ criminal justice system is extremely complicated and involves many nuances, especially when the charges involve casino crimes. So make sure that you speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before you talk to casino officials, detectives, prosecutors, or anyone else.
If you face criminal charges for theft or fraud in Atlantic City or anywhere else in Atlantic County, NJ, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty can help you fight your criminal charges. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.