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.
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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.
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.
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