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Massachusetts Gambling Laws

While gambling is legal under certain circumstances, there are federal laws that prohibit some acts. These statutes are varied and complex, and you might find yourself being investigated for or accused of an offense for engaging in specific behaviors. If you're convicted, you could face prison time and fines. The best way to fight your charges is to seek skilled legal representation immediately. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can begin building your defense.

At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, our lawyer has over 40 years of legal experience and knows what it takes to effectively handle cases of varying complexities. We will examine every detail of your situation to identify weaknesses in the prosecutor's allegations and seek ways to cast reasonable doubt on the accusations made against you.

We're here to discuss your case and work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (617) 227-3700 today.

United States Gambling Statutes

If you're facing a serious federal gambling charge, speak with our Boston attorney to learn more about the offense and your legal options. We are committed to providing focused and fierce representation, and we will explore every legal avenue to protect your rights and freedoms.

Generally, a gambling (or gaming) offense involves engaging in unlawful betting or wagering. Under federal law, different types of conduct could be considered gambling crimes:

  • 18 U.S. Code § 1082 - This law makes it illegal for a U.S. citizen or resident, or any person on an American ship or airplane, to operate a gambling ship or an establishment on the vessel. A conviction could result in a fine and/or up to 2 years in prison.
  • 18 U.S. Code § 1083 - Under this federal law, a person is prohibited from transporting passengers from anywhere in the U.S. to a gambling ship.
  • 18 U.S. Code § 1084 - This law prohibits the use of a wire communication facility for transmitting bets or wagers on sporting events. If the accused is found guilty, they could be imprisoned for up to 2 years and/or fined.
  • 28 U.S. Code § 3702 - It is unlawful for a government entity or person to operate, promote, or sponsor betting or gambling on professional or amateur sports competitions.
  • 31 U.S. Code § 5363 - Under this law, a person is prohibited from knowingly accepting or transmitting funds over the Internet for unlawful gambling purposes.

Regardless of the gambling crime charge you're facing, we're ready to help. Call us at (617) 227-3700 or contact us online.

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Significant Cases

  • Successful Challenge US v Warshak

    631 F3d 266 CA 6 (2010): Successful challenge to the Department of Justice’s reliance on the Stored Communications Act to seize the content of emails in violation of the Fourth Amendment

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Bravo Fernandez

    (722 F3d 1, 1st Cir, 2013): Federal Court of Appeals reversed conviction of a leading businessman in Puerto Rico for federal programs bribery holding that gratuities cannot, legally, be the basis for such a conviction.

  • Acquittal US v Bravo-Fernandez

    18-1358 (1st Cir, 2019): First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a conviction of a business executive for bribing a Puerto Rico Senator holding that the Government failed to meet each essential element of proof under 18 USC 666, and ordering the entry of a judgment of acquittal.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Casellas-Toro

    (1st Cir, 2015): Appellate reversal of a federal false statement conviction due to a "Rare application of the presumption of prejudice resulting from pervasive publicity from prior case”

  • Acquittal US v DiMasi

    Acquittal of Richard Vitale on federal honest services charges in corruption case involving former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi

  • Dismissed Charges US v Handa

    892 F.3d 95 (1st Cir. 2018): Dismissal of bank and wire fraud charges against business owner on Speedy Trial grounds due to delay between indictment and his arrest returning to the US from India.

  • Acquittal US v Pappathanasi

    Acquittal of defendant charged with conspiracy to evade taxes in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.

  • Reversal of Convictions US v Tavares

    (1st Cir, Dec. 2016): 1st Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of RICO and mail fraud convictions in a public corruption case.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Vazquez-Rivera

    665 F3d 351 CA 1 (2011): Reversal of child pornography conviction based on improper admission of opinion evidence from FBI agent which prejudiced defendant’s right to a fair trial.

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