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Most Common Casino Crimes in 2017

October 30, 2018 | Written by Dan Margolis

Casinos are immensely popular around Cleveland and can be profitable forms for entertainment. However, they are also ideal environments for criminal activity. This includes typical offenses, like theft and assault, but also some crimes that are specific to casinos, like violating the Voluntary Exclusion Program (VEP).

If you have been charged with a crime related to a casino, contact The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC right away. There are always ways to defend yourself, and a lawyer can help minimize the consequences. To discuss your situation, call (216) 533-9533 to schedule an appointment or use our online contact form.

Most Common Casino Crimes in 2017

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) carefully tracks regulatory and legal issues related to casinos within the state. For example, during 2017, there were 749 casino offenses committed. In total, 439 people were charged with various misdemeanors and felonies.

In 2017, every casino offense that had more than 10 instances included:

  • Criminal Trespassing, VEP
  • Fake or False ID
  • Theft
  • Criminal Trespassing:
  • Underage, Attempted Entry
  • Casino Cheating
  • Underage Entry
  • Obstructing Official Business
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Criminal Damage/Endangering
  • Forgery
  • Identity Theft
  • Public Indecency
  • Aiding Underage Entry

Ohio Casino Crimes

In Cleveland, the most common casino offense was using a fake or false ID to get in. Cleveland also had the highest number of Fake ID offenses at 272 compared to Toledo, Columbus, or Cincinnati, which had 154, 208, and 115, respectively.

The most common offense in Toledo was criminal trespassing for those participating in VEP for re-entering a casino after voluntarily agreeing not to. The most common offense in Columbus was criminal trespassing, not related to VEP. In Cincinnati, the most common offense was criminal trespassing related to VEP.

Were You Charged With Trespassing?

If you entered or remained on casino property when you were explicitly or implicitly instructed not to, or if you are part of the VEP, then you could be charged with criminal trespass under the Ohio Revised Code Section 2911.21. Criminal trespass is typically a fourth-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, you could be sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined up to $250.

Additionally, you may also be forced to forfeit any winnings that you obtained while trespassing at the casino. This is particularly relevant for anyone in the VEP, who may have entered the program in an attempt to control a gambling addiction.

A Defense Attorney Can Help

If you were arrested at a casino and charged with a crime in Cleveland, your best next step is to call a criminal defense lawyer. While many of these offenses are misdemeanors, you should take any charge seriously. Even a misdemeanor conviction creates a permanent criminal record, can require time in custody, and will cost a great deal of money.

For any casino-related offense, contact The Law Office of Daniel M. Margolis, LLC at (216) 533-9533 to schedule a consultation.

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