Atlantic City Underage Gambling & Casino Rules
Many young people will travel to Atlantic City with their families, unaware that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in an Atlantic City casino or any private location around the state, and upon entering the casino for an evening of fun find themselves being charged with a criminal offense of underage gambling.
Underage gambling is treated very seriously by law enforcement officials and prosecutors, and the penalties, even for first-time offenders, can be significant – having serious and lasting consequences. Even an underage person who is on the casino floor can be charged with a crime that could end up as a permanent mark on a criminal record.
The Casino Control Act (N.J.S.A. 5:12-119) prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from gambling in an Atlantic City casino or any simulcast facility. If an individual is convicted of underage gambling the penalty is a disorderly persons offense which is a criminal charge that becomes part of your criminal record. A conviction for underage gambling will also result in a fine of between $500 and $1,000 and the individual’s driver’s license will be suspended for six months. If the individual is under 17 and has not yet obtained a driver’s license, the issuance of that person’s driver’s license will be postponed for six months.
In fact, if a parent or a person who has custody or control of a person under the age of 21 allows an underage individual to gamble, that person can be charged with a disorderly persons offense. N.J.S.A. 5:12-119(c).
The real issue with these underage gambling charges is there are no plea bargains offered by the State. Thus, the State requires the defendant to either plead guilty to the charge or stand trial. You should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you if you find yourself in this position. There is no reason to plead guilty to the offense. I can take the case to trial and make the State prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt. Many times the State’s witnesses fail to appear and the case can be dismissed against you. Regardless, it is imperative that you defend yourself at trial and attempt to avoid a permanent criminal charge on your record. This can have serious repercussions in terms of employment and educational opportunities.
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