Gambling ORC § 2915.02
- Engaging in bookmaking, or any game of chance conducted for profit, or using a gambling device,
- Without a license, and
- Not done by a charitable organization.
The State really doesn’t like to be ripped off, so fines and penalties for a violation of gambling can be stiff. For this reason, it is important to have great legal representation with the experience with these cases that Funkhouser Law has.
Not to worry, penny-ante poker games, dime-a-whole Saturday golf matches, and office football pools are not prohibited unless some profit is taken other than the gain accruing to the winner.
A violation of gambling is typically treated as a misdemeanor of the first degree, but can be considered a felony of the fifth degree. As, such, the court can impose a penalty of up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
At Funkhouser Law, from the moment a client walks through the door, we presume that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of illegal gambling, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.