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NY Penal Law 225 Gambling Crimes

By Spodek Law Group | July 11, 2016
(Last Updated On: July 26, 2023)

Last Updated on: 26th July 2023, 08:56 pm

Cutting through the jargon: NY Penal Law 225 Gambling Crimes

Let’s be real, legal language is about as clear as mud sometimes, isn’t it? Feels like you gotta be some sort of linguist to crack through that wall of jargon. And honestly, who has the time to become an armchair attorney when you’re trying to navigate through the shark-infested waters of the legal world? That’s where I, Todd Spodek of the Spodek Law Group, come in. Let’s rip off the Band-Aid and dive straight into the deep end about the not so fun, often confusing world of gambling offences in New York state. Buckle up.

Promoting Gambling: What’s the deal?

Ever heard of promoting gambling in the second degree? Sounds serious, right? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. If you consciously support or profit from any unauthorised gambling activities, that’s a no-no. Bingo, you’re caught red-handed. This offence, my friend, is called a class A misdemeanor.

Let’s not forget, there’s also promoting gambling in the first degree. This is the Big Brother of the above. It’s a combination of making money from illicit gambling and either running an illegal bookmaking operation that takes more than $5,000 in a day, or being part of a dodgy lottery scheme. Mess with this stuff, and you’re looking at a class E felony.

Cautious with Gambling Records?

Ok then, let’s chat possession of gambling records. If you knowingly hold onto a paper or article used for bookmaking or a lottery – you’re pushing your luck as that’s an offence too. This is the second degree version. If you knock it up a notch and possess records representing more than $5000 in bets or more than 500 plays, you’ve hit the jackpot of a class E felony.

And hey, it’s not all doom and gloom. The law does give you some leg to stand on with a few defenses. For instance, if the papers you held weren’t intended to be used in any lottery or bookmaking scheme, you’ve got a fighting chance.

Penning the Perplexities of NY’s Penal Law

I get it. We’re dealing with some tough cookies here. Break down the charges, penalties, and defenses, though, and suddenly you’re not looking at Mount Everest anymore. Fearsome? Maybe not. Interesting? Heck yeah! Preparing a legal defense then seems less of a daunting chore. Drop the heavy lifting to someone who knows their stuff – a name you should know by now, yours truly, Todd Spodek, from the Spodek Law Group. Give us a ring. I promise it might just be the best decision you make today.

Antiques and Affirmative Defenses.

Did you get your hands caught in the cookie jar, got hold of a slot machine perchance? Here’s a tip, if that slot machine was made way back before 1941, it’s an antique. This could be an affirmative defense. Same if it was for product development, research, manufacturing, or assembly, and is going to be used legally out of state. This defense could save your seized machine from destruction.

Presumptions of Guilty Pleasures.

Just because you had a gambling device doesn’t mean you knew what it was, does it? Well, in the eyes of the law, it does. Being found in possession of three or more machines or one in a public place, and you may find yourself in deep waters. Look, even if you are using counterfeit coins it counts against you!

Bonus: A Peek into Government Fraud

While we’re on the topic of grey areas, let me break down another complex subject – government fraud.

Check out Different Types of Government Fraud

Government fraud is like a hydra, it could raise its head in many forms – false claims, procurement fraud, medicaid fraud, you name it. Get in bed with government funds and use them inappropriately – bingo! You’ve hit the government fraud jackpot!

The Whistleblower’s Role in this Whodunit?

Ever seen those movies where an underdog uncovers a big corporate scandal? That’s pretty much you if you blow the whistle on government fraud. The hero of our tale. Usually, our gallant whistleblowers have a share in the awards from these cases, just like in the movies!

How about we talk details over coffee? So, until next time, this is me signing off, but just remember anytime you need someone to fight your legal battles, Todd Spodek and the Spodek Law Group are right here waiting to step up to the plate. Don’t forget to check out IRS & FBI to stay updated on the legal jungle that is Government Fraud.

In New York, there are several gambling offenses outlined in the penal law. These offenses include promoting gambling in the second and first degree, possession of gambling records in the second and first degree, and possession of gambling devices. Penalties for these crimes range from class A misdemeanors to class E felonies. Defenses for possession of gambling records charges include proving that the writing or paper possessed was not used or intended to be used in the operation of a bookmaking or lottery scheme. Lastly, the use of counterfeit, unapproved, or unlawful wagering instruments is also a class A misdemeanor.

Whistleblowers, or qui tam relators, often report cases of government fraud, which can involve false claims and statements, procurement and contractor fraud, or Medicaid/Medicare fraud. Penalties for government fraud depend on the value of the funds stolen and can include fines, imprisonment, and disqualification from future government contracts. Whistleblowers may also be awarded a share of the recovery collected by the government and may have their attorney costs and fees covered by the accused party.

It is essential to secure appropriate legal counsel when facing any legal charges or whistleblowing situations to ensure that your rights are protected and the best possible outcome is achieved.

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