Unpaid casino markers can have damaging consequences on a person’s reputation or even credit score. Las Vegas casino issue harsh penalties for individuals who are assumed to have defrauded the casino by not paying their casino markers. Due to the severity of this charge, it is important to understand all the elements of the charge and what can happen when a casino marker is left unpaid.

WHAT ARE CASINO MARKERS?

Casino markers are intended to be used as credit at a casino. Markers encourage people to gamble because they allow people to have access to thousands and thousands of dollars without actually having to carry around cash. You are typically required to pay a casino marker within 30 days of originally obtaining it.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T PAY YOUR CASINO MARKER?

Because Nevada has strict rules and regulations for paying casino markers within the deadline, if you do not meet the deadline, there can be serious consequences.

If you do not pay your casino marker within the deadline, the casino will notify you by letter that you must pay the marker. If you still do not pay, the casino will try to collect money through your bank account. If you do not have sufficient funds in your bank account, the casino will contact the Clark County District Attorney. The District Attorney will once again attempt to contact you by mail, noting the amount you are required to pay and the amount of time you have to pay it. If you still do not pay, the District Attorney will issue a warrant for your arrest, even if you reside out of Nevada.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES AND PUNISHMENTS FOR UNPAID CASINO MARKER CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS?

If the value of the casino marker is under $650, you are guilty of a misdemeanor and will be punished:

  • A maximum term of 6 months in a county jail; and/or

  • A fine of no more than $1,000.

If the value of the casino marker is over $650, you are guilty of a category D felony and will be punished:

  • A mandatory term of 1 to 4 years in a state prison; and

  • A possible fine of no more than $5,000; and

  • A mandatory restitution for the value of the casino marker; and

  • Additional court fees

It is important to note that these punishments are per each unpaid casino marker. If you have more than one outstanding casino marker, the penalties and punishments will increase.

DEFENSES TO UNPAID CASINO MARKER CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

  • You did not intent to defraud the casino. If you have a history of paying your casino markers on time, for example, this could be used to demonstrate that you did not intend to defraud the casino.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with unpaid casino markers, it is imperative you contact an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who can fight against your charge and get you the representation you deserve. Adrian Lobo is an experienced criminal defense attorney who is determined to help reduce your charges. Contact Adrian Lobo today to schedule a consultation and begin discussing your charges.