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New Jersey Underage Gambling Criminal Lawyer

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, and disorderly conduct throughout New Jersey including in Atlantic City, Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Asbury Park. Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers for a free initial consultation at (732)450-8300. Our criminal defense trial team of former prosecutors and experienced criminal defense attorneys will examine the facts of your case and draft a comprehensive defense strategy to combat these charges.

Underage Gambling Criminal Charges in NJ: N.J.S. 5:12-119

A criminal charge for underage gambling in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S. 5:12-119 which provides in pertinent part:

N.J. Stat. § 5:12-119 (2010) Gaming by certain persons prohibited; penalties; defenses
a. No person under the age at which a person is authorized to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages shall enter, or wager in, a licensed casino or simulcasting facility; provided, however, that such a person may enter a casino or simulcasting facility by way of passage to another room, and provided further, however, that any such person who is licensed or registered under the provisions of the "Casino Control Act," P.L. 1977, c. 110, may enter a casino or simulcasting facility in the regular course of the person's permitted activities.

Any person who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and shall be fined not less than $ 500 and not more than $ 1,000. In addition, the court shall suspend or postpone the person's license to operate a motor vehicle for six months.

Consequences of an Underage Gambling Criminal Charge in New Jersey

The above statute governs a criminal offense (disorderly persons offense) for underage gambling in New Jersey. The statute requires only that an individual under the legal age to drink (21) be present on the casino floor, provided that the individual is not merely "passing through" such as traveling through the casino to reach the hotel for example. A violation of this statute is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey which leads to a permenent criminal charge on your record, up to a $1,000.00 fine, and a six (6) month driver's license suspension. Contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for help. Our criminal trial lawyers will examine the facts, review the State's evidence, and create a trial strategy to defeat this criminal charge. Call the office for immediate assistance at (732)450-8300.

Allowing an Underage Person to Gamble: N.J.S. 5:12-119(c)

It is also a criminal offense in New Jersey to allow an underage person to gamble if you are the underage person's parent or guardian. This violation is governed by N.J.S. 5:12-119(c) which provides:

c. A person who knowingly allows or permits another person who is under his or her lawful care, custody, or control and who is under the age at which a person is authorized to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages to wager or attempt to wager in a licensed casino or simulcasting facility in violation of subsection a. of this section is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

This is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey which includes up to six (6) months in the county jail and a permanent criminal charge on your record. To prove a charge of allowing an underage person to gamble, the State must show that you were responsible for the underage person and that the underage person gambled in your presence and essentially with your consent. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help you fight these charges. Contact our office for immediate assistance at (732)450-8300. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.

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The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall represent New Jersey adult and juvenile clients from offices in Shrewsbury, Cranford, Toms River, Jersey City and New Brunswick. We provide prompt and convenient client service to people in such communities as Newark, Plainfield, Freehold, Eatontown, East Brunswick, Edison, Woodbridge, Westfield, Clark, Rahway, Piscataway, Sayreville, Elizabeth, Middletown, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Jackson, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Edison, Old Bridge, Aberdeen, Linden, Belmar, Eatontown, Hazlet, Holmdel, Ocean, Sea Bright, Hoboken, Weehawken, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Tinton Falls, Wall, Brick, Dover, Jackson, and other locations in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, Ocean County, Burlington County, Mercer County, Essex County, Hudson County and Morris County.

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