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New York Gambling Defense Lawyer

At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., we understand the complexities surrounding all manner of criminal charges in New York, including those related to gambling offenses. Serving clients in Orange County and the Hudson Valley, our experienced team is committed to providing effective legal representation for individuals facing such charges. In New York, gambling offenses are found in the New York Penal Code sections 225 to 225.95. Below we delve into the details of these offenses, including the elements of the offense, potential penalties upon conviction, available defenses, and the role of a criminal defense attorney in such cases. For help with gambling charges in Orange County or the Hudson Valley, contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C., to speak with a skilled and experienced Goshen criminal defense lawyer.

Elements of the Offense

The New York Penal Code contains many different gambling offenses, including promoting gambling, possession of gambling records or a gambling device, possession or use of unlawful gaming property, and more. To secure a conviction for a gambling offense in New York, the prosecution must establish specific elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Although the precise elements vary according to the offense, the following elements must generally be proven to secure a conviction:

  1. Engaging in Gambling Activity: The prosecution must prove that the individual knowingly engaged in gambling activity, which can include various forms such as betting, wagering, or playing games of chance for money or other things of value.

  2. Location and Circumstances: The prosecution may need to demonstrate that the gambling activity occurred in a location where it is prohibited by law, such as an unauthorized gambling establishment, or through illegal means, such as bookmaking.

  3. Intent: Intent plays a crucial role in gambling offenses. The prosecution must show that the individual acted with the intent to participate in the unlawful gambling activity knowingly.

Potential Penalties

The potential penalties for gambling offenses in New York vary depending on the specific nature and severity of the offense, particularly whether the offense charged is a misdemeanor or felony offense. Certain gambling offenses may be classified as misdemeanors, resulting in fines, probation, community service, or up to one year of imprisonment. In more serious cases, particularly those involving organized or commercial gambling operations, individuals may face felony charges, leading to substantial fines and imprisonment for more than one year. Authorities may also seek to seize assets associated with illegal gambling activities, including money, property, and other assets used in connection with the offense.

Possible Defenses

Individuals accused of gambling offenses in New York may have several potential defenses available, depending on the circumstances of the case. Some common defenses may include:

  • Lack of Intent: If the individual did not knowingly engage in gambling activity or was unaware of the illegal nature of the activity, they may argue lack of intent as a defense.

  • Lack of Evidence: A strong defense strategy may involve challenging the prosecution’s evidence, including witness testimony, surveillance footage, or other forms of evidence used to support the charges.

  • Constitutional Violations: In some cases, defendants may challenge the legality of law enforcement procedures, such as illegal search and seizure, which could lead to the suppression of evidence or dismissal of charges.

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Navigating the legal complexities of gambling offenses requires the expertise of a seasoned criminal defense attorney. Our lawyers at Dupée & Monroe, P.C. go to work from the start crafting a smart and effective strategy to garner the best result. We begin with a thorough review of the case, examining the evidence, witness statements, and procedural issues to develop a strategic defense strategy. We provide aggressive legal representation throughout all stages of the legal process, from pre-trial negotiations to courtroom litigation, advocating for the best possible outcome for our clients. Additionally, our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with prosecutors to seek favorable plea agreements or reduced charges for our clients whenever possible.

While providing aggressive and effective defense in or out of court, we are committed to protecting our clients’ constitutional rights and ensuring fair treatment under the law, including challenging any violations of due process or unlawful police conduct.

Contact Dupée & Monroe in Goshen for Defense Against Gambling Charges in Orange County or the Hudson Valley

Gambling offenses in New York carry serious consequences, including fines, imprisonment, and asset forfeiture. However, individuals accused of such offenses have rights and options available to them, including the opportunity to mount a strong defense with the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney. If you or someone you know is facing gambling-related charges in Orange County or the Hudson Valley, call Dupée & Monroe, P.C. in Goshen today at 845-294-8900. We are here to provide the dedicated legal representation you need during this challenging time.

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