Laws on Casino Markers/Debts
In Las Vegas, Nevada, casino markers are treated differently compared to other states with casinos. Nevada is the only state that imposes both civil and criminal penalties for people who do not pay their casino debts.
The state legislature enacted several laws for casino marker debts and oftentimes, the charges are categorized as felonies.
Defaulting on a casino marker in Las Vegas is the same as writing a bad check as per Nevada state laws.
Failure to repay casino debts is a serious offense. People who do not repay their casino markers will be prosecuted aggressively by Las Vegas casinos and might issue warrants for your arrest. If you receive a notice to repay your casino markers, never ignore it and contact a lawyer to help you settle the charges.
How casinos can charge you
A casino marker in Las Vegas was not legally enforceable as collectible debt. However, Nevada state laws allow casino markers to function the same way as a check. With this viewpoint, casinos were allowed to draw money from a person’s bank account if their debt was not repaid.
The Nevada law presumes the intent to defraud the casino if you do not pay the debt back
Casinos are already against you from the start; they neither inquire about credit checks, nor verify funds before they issuing a casino marker.
According to Nevada law, committing fraud is knowledge that your account cannot cover the marker while gambling. However, there are also chances that people were charged with crime of fraud or unpaid casino markers even if they have available funds in their account while gambling, but came short when the casino cashes in the marker.
The law states that a person counterfeit records with an intention to defraud. Misrepresentation of asset charges and identity theft can also go along with forgery charges.
- Imprisonment for 1-4 years
- $5,000 fines
- Category D Felony
This law states that a person willfully passes a check knowing that their bank account has insufficient funds to cover the amount of the check. Since casino marker is similar to a check, the same laws apply for both bad checks and casino markers.
- Ordered to pay restitution
- Misdemeanor to Gross Misdemeanor according to the amount
Obtaining Money by False Pretenses
This means the person tricked and convinced someone to hand over their money. Some people use forgery or made false statements to get the money.
- $250 fines
- Misdemeanor offense
Attorney for Casino Markers/Debts
Attorney Ross Goodman has been extremely successful in negotiating favorable resolutions in his client’s casino marker cases in Las Vegas. A criminal defense lawyer can often secure an eventual dismissal of your charges, ending up with criminal records and no jail time. If you have been charged with casino markers in Las Vegas, contact us and let us help you build a defense to fight the casino’s charges against you.