Gambling and Casino Crimes

Casinos and Gambling Crimes in Blackhawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek

We often see clients charged with crimes related to gambling at casinos in Blackhawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek, Colorado. These cases are filed by the District Attorneys in the Gilpin and Teller County, County Court; and the Gilpin and Teller County, District Court.

Underage Gambling in Colorado

Common casino charges relate to Underage Gaming / Gambling when people under twenty-one (21) years old try to gamble. C.R.S. 12-47.1-809 makes it a class 2 misdemeanor for any person to linger in, sit in a chair, play or be present at a slot machine or gaming table in a gaming area. If a licensee permits a person under 18 to be present or play gaming, the statute says they can be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, C.R.S. 18-6-701, a felony.

Forgery & Fraudulent Acts Crimes at Colorado Casinos

Casino based crimes in Gilpin County and Teller County, Colorado are unique because they generally arise from the desire of young adults to gamble or drink alcohol, not to steal. The young adults often face felony Forgery charges under C.R.S. 18-5-102 for possession of a fake or false ID. They have presented the ID in order to get alcohol or permission to gamble in the casino. These crimes are not committed in order to take something of value from another, so we feel they should be treated less seriously by the government than other felonies - however this is not always the case.

When something more than use of a fake ID is involved, police in casino towns will often charge Fraudulent Acts, C.R.S. 12-47.1-823, which concerns a broad series of crimes dealing with fraudulent conduct (cheating) at a casino.  Many crimes under the Colorado Fraudulent Acts statute deal with trying to claim a prize when no prize is due, or trying to claim more than is due.  Others involve knowledge of the outcome of a game prior to other players realizing the outcome, and then trying to reduce one's bet, withdraw one's bet, or increase one's bet.

Other Colorado Casino and Gambling Related Offenses

Here are several other miscellaneous crimes specific to gambling in casinos in Black-Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek:

  • C.R.S. 18-20-104 - False Statement on Application for Gaming License / Records
  • C.R.S. 18-20-105 - Slot Machines
  • C.R.S. 18-20-106 - Cheating (means altering the result of winning or amount)
  • C.R.S. 18-20-107 - Fraudulent Acts Related to Gaming
  • C.R.S. 18-20-108 - Use of Device of Calculating Probabilities
  • C.R.S. 18-20-109 - Use of Counterfeit or Unapproved Chips, Tokens, Coins, Devices
  • C.R.S. 18-20-110 - Cheating Games and Devices
  • C.R.S. 18-20-111 - Unlawful Manufacture, Sale, Distribution of Equipment or Devices
  • C.R.S. 18-20-112 - Unlawful Entry by Blacklisted, Excluded and Ejected Persons (Trespass)
  • C.R.S. 18-20-113 - Personal Pecuniary Gain or Conflict of Interest
  • C.R.S. 18-20-114 - False or Misleading Information

To ensure that only casinos sponsor gambling activity, the following laws prevent private persons from being involved in the gambling business in places other than the casinos in Black-Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek:

  • C.R.S. 18-10-103 - Professional Gambling Offenses
  • C.R.S. 18-10-104 - Gambling Devices, Records and Proceeds
  • C.R.S. 18-10-105 - Possession of a Gambling Device or Record
  • C.R.S. 18-10-106 - Gambling Information
  • C.R.S. 18-10-107 - Gambling Premises

If you have been charged with a crime based in a casino in Gilpin County or Teller County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call the experienced gambling crimes attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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