Johnson City Gambling Promotion Lawyers

In the state of Tennessee, gambling is unlawful. It is defined under the Code as risking anything of value for a profit whose return is to any degree contingent on chance, or any games of chance associated with casinos, including, but not limited to, slot machines, roulette wheels and the like. Gambling does not include a lawful business transaction, annual events operated for the benefit of charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, and the state lottery. A violation is classified as a Class C misdemeanor - the lowest grade for offenses in Tennessee.

A more serious offense is the crime of gambling promotion and aggravated gambling promotion. Essentially, a person promotes gambling by inducing or assisting someone else to gamble. Gambling promotion is most frequently used to prosecute possessors of gambling machines (such as poker or slot machines) who allow customers to play them and pay off the games. Aggravated gambling promotion is used frequently to prosecute the lessors and distributors of gambling machines. If charged with either of these crimes, you could be facing a Class B misdemeanor or a Class E felony conviction.

If you have been charged with a gambling crime in Tennessee, you will want a skilled criminal offense attorney with the necessary experience to help you defend against these charges. Call an experienced gambling crimes attorney today at Baker Associates.

Gambling Promotion

Under T.C.A. § 39-17-503, a person commits an offense of gambling promotion if he or she knowingly induces or aids another to engage in gambling, and either 1) intends to derive or derives an economic benefit other than personal winnings from the gambling; or 2) participates in the gambling and has, other than by virtue of skill or luck, a lesser risk of losing or greater chance of winning than one or more of the other participants.

The offense of gambling promotion is a Class B misdemeanor. This conviction may carry up to a six month jail term and/or a $500 fine.

Aggravated Gambling Promotion

Under T.C.A. § 39-17-504, a person commits the crime of aggravated gambling promotion if he or she knowingly invests in, finances, owns, controls, supervises, manages or participates in a gambling enterprise. For purposes of this law, "gambling enterprise" means two or more persons regularly engaged in gambling promotion as defined above.

The offense of aggravated gambling promotion is a Class E felony. This conviction may carry up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Protecting the Rights of Our Clients

Often, there are complex legal and evidentiary issues involved in Tennessee gambling crime cases. Our gambling crime lawyers have the experience necessary to help you understand these issues and keep you informed and involved every step of the way. By engaging in fierce representation, our criminal defense attorneys will help you to mount a strong defense against these charges.

Do not put your case and the quality of your life at risk by making the wrong legal choices. Discuss your gambling crime case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at our offices.

If you have been charged with aggravated gambling promotion, contact a lawyer at our offices by completing the form below.






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