While gambling charges are not as commonplace as they once were in Ocean County, the offense does crop up on occasion. If you had the unfortunate experience of being charged with promoting gambling in Toms River, Brick, Point Pleasant, Lacey, Jackson or another town in Ocean County, you are encouraged to contact our Toms River Office. Our firm, Marshall & Bonus, is a boutique defense firm comprised of eight criminal attorneys. We employ lawyers who have been practicing in Ocean county for over 100 years and have even served as prosecutors in the county. For a free initial consultation with an attorney immediately, call (732) 286-6500. A lawyer is available 24/7 to assist you.Promoting Gambling Offense in Ocean County
The offense of promoting gambling is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:37-2. This law renders an individual guilty of this charge if they knowingly:
- Accept or receive money or property in accordance with an agreement or conspiracy to engage in gambling activity; or
- Engage in conduct which materially aids gambling activity.
The term "gambling" is defined at N.J.S.A. 2C:37-1(b) as "“staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the actor's control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.Grading & Penalties for Promoting Gambling
When The Charge Applies
Grade of Offense
Engaging in bookmaking and receives or accepts more than 5 bets in one day; or
Participating in a lottery operation and
receives money or records from someone other than a player or receives more than $100 in one day.
Third Degree Crime
Up to 5 Years
Engaging in bookmaking and receives or accepts three or more bets in a two week period.
Fourth Degree Crime
Up to 18 Months
All Other Instances of Promoting Gambling.
Disorderly Person Offense
Up to Six Months
"Bookmaking" means accepting bets that wager on the outcome of future contingent events such a game of baseball, football, hockey, basketball, horse racing, etc. A "lottery" is a gambling scheme in which players pay or agree to pay for a wager or game of chance involving numbers or a combinations of numbers.Lacey Township Gambling Charge Defense Attorney
Gambling is a white collar crime that often mushrooms into a money laundering offense. If you were arrested for promoting gambling or in combination with other charges, hiring an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of law is important to your protecting your life. The lawyers at Marshall & Bonus have the competency in gambling charges you need as former prosecutors who have been defending criminal cases filed in Lakewood, Manchester, Seaside Heights, Berkeley, Little Egg Harbor or elsewhere in Ocean County. A lawyer is available to review your case and provide you with a plan for defending this charge without obligation at (732) 286-6500.