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Can I Get Arrested For Super Bowl Gambling?

Under state law in Kentucky, a person can be convicted of a D Felony of Promoting Gambling in 1st Degree if they have an enterprise for bookmaking with 3 or more persons and more than $500 is bet in any single day. The lesser offense of 2nd Degree is defined as A person is guilty of promoting gambling in the second degree when he knowingly advances or profits from unlawful gamling activity; this is an A misdemeanor. This is the crime a bookmaker may be guilty of if he is profitting from placing bets. You may even be subject to a charge of permitting gambling when, having possession or control of premises which he knows are being used to advance gambling activity, he fails to halt or abate or attempt to halt or abate such use within a reasonable period of time. Permitting gambling is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by 90 days in jail. In reality, this is a crime very seldom prosecuted. Further, there is no crime for gambling so long as no one is profiting from the gambling (that is, no juice) and all money is paid between the participants. If you bet with your best friend, there is no crime. This is an analysis of Kentucky law and does not include federal law. Violations of federal law must involve multiple states. If you use a computer or telephone to place your bets, you are likely in violation of federal laws prohibiting gambling. If you have more questions, contact a criminal defense lawyer. If you have been charged with a crime in Northern Kentucky, you can schedule a consultation with Mike Bouldin by calling 859-581-6453 or mwbouldin@fuse.net.

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