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 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.

Casino and Gambling Crimes Defense Lawyers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

The Criminal Deense Law Center of West Michigan provides criminal defense representation for crimes committed at Gun Lake Casino and FireKeepers Casino.  Crimes in casinos include theft offenses such as attempting to defeat slot machines by illegal means or cheating at gaming tables. Cheating as casinos can also happen when an employee of dealers try to scam the system with people visiting the casino. This can happen by things such as false shuffling of the cards and sometimes it happens by payment of wagers that were false.

Maximum Penalty for Casino And Gambling Crimes: 10 Years in prison & $100,000.00 Fine

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.

If you are facing charges related to casino and gambling crimes, call Shawn now at 616-438-6719! The call is free, will you be?

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