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Casino And Gambling Crimes

Illegal Gambling Defense Attorneys
Grand Rapids, Michigan

In 1996, a statewide ballot gave the city of Detroit the ability to build three casinos. Because of this law, MGM Grand DetroitGreektown Casino & Hotel and Motor City Casino were created in the motor city. After these casinos opened, state prosecutors had to start dealing with Casino and Gambling Crimes.

Crimes that occur at a casino in Detroit are prosecuted under the State of Michigan laws by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. At these casinos, there is constant video surveillance. There are quite literally thousands of cameras in casinos. They are placed all over the place and it is very difficult to get away with illegal behavior there because of this. There have been rumblings about there being nearly 6000 cameras at Greektown Casino.

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Maximum Penalty for Casino And Gambling Crimes

Any attempt to cheat at a casino game, including capping or topping chips, is punishable as a felony. Pursuant to MCL 432.218, the following conduct (partial list) is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $100,000.00, or both, and barred for life from a gambling establishment in Michigan, for doing any of the following:

  • Keeping track of the cards played in a gambling game.
  • Cheats at a gambling game.
  • Places a bet after acquiring knowledge, not available to all players, of the outcome of the gambling game that is the subject of the bet or to aid a person in acquiring the knowledge for the purpose of placing a bet contingent on that outcome.
  • Claims, collects, takes, or attempts to claim, collect, or take money or anything of value in or from the gambling games, with intent to defraud, without having made a wager contingent on winning a gambling game, or claims, collects, or takes an amount of money or thing of value of greater value than the amount won.
  • Manufactures or sells, or distributes cards, chips, dice, a game, or a device that is intended to be used to violate this act.
  • Uses counterfeit chips or tokens in a gambling game.

If a person who is under the age of 21 gets caught entering a casino, they are in trouble for committing a misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to 1 year in jail.

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  • 2675 44th Street SW
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    Wyoming, MI 49519
  • 616-438-6719
  • attorneyshawnhaff@gmail.com
Criminal Defense Law Center West Michigan

Attorney Shawn Haff
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