Have you Been Charged with Advertising Commercial Gambling in Georgia?
It is well known that gambling is illegal in Georgia and Georgia gambling laws are relatively strict. It is essential to understand that it is not just gambling that is illegal but many other offenses go along with it. One example is advertising commercial gambling. If you or a loved one have been charged with this crime, contact The Law Office of Lawson and Berry immediately. We have over 50 combined years of criminal defense experience and are ready to assist you.
What Does it Mean to Advertise Commercial Gambling in Georgia?
O.C.G.A. §16-12-26 states a person commits the offense of commercial gambling when they knowingly print, publish, or advertise any lottery or another scheme for commercial gambling or who knowingly prints or publishes any lottery ticket, policy ticket, or other similar device designed to serve as evidence of participation in a lottery.
Based on the statute, there are multiple ways that you could be guilty of violating this law.
Penalty for Violating O.C.G.A. §16-12-26
If convicted of advertising commercial gambling, you will be charged with a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. In Georgia, misdemeanors of a high and aggravated nature come with a fine not to exceed $5,000.00 or a maximum of 12 months in jail, or both.
Defenses to Advertising Commercial Gambling
If charged with this crime, the most successful defense will be proving that the offense was not knowingly committed. It is almost impossible to demonstrate this without the assistance of a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney. While establishing you unknowingly committed this offense would be the best option, other defenses could apply to your case. Please call today and speak with one of our Georgia Lawyers that specialize in Criminal Defense and they can tailor the arguments to your particular situation.
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