Understanding Casino Marker Charges in Las Vegas
What is a Casino Marker?
Many Las Vegas casinos provide credit lines to their best customers to keep them gambling. These lines of credit are called casino markers, and, often, carry with them zero interest and other perks, all to encourage the customer to keep their money at that particular casino.
In return, the customer is expected to pay back the line of credit within 30 days.
Casino Markers = Bad Check
In Nevada, casino markers are considered a bad check. Failing to pay back a casino marker in Nevada is a felony and carries with it 1 - 4 years in prison plus a fine up to $5,000.
The consequences of an unpaid marker can snowball, once the casino hands your case to the district attorney office.
Most of the time, a casino marker lawyer can work out an arrangement to get the casino marker repaid and the charge dismissed.
If you have been accused of an unpaid casino marker in Las Vegas, Nevada, call us at 702-432-1000. Initial consultation is always free and confidential.
You Have 30 Days to Pay it Back
Generally, casinos attempt to collect the unpaid debt within 30 days. They send a letter via certified mail to the address on file and you have 10 days to respond.
If you fail to respond, the casinos then can turn the collection over to the Las Vegas district attorney office.
At this point the law allows the addition of 5% - 10% interest to the original amount owed.
Penalty for Unpaid Casino Markers
|Unpaid Marker Amount||Jail Time||Fine|
|Under $650||6 months||Fine up to $1,000|
|Over $650||1 - 4 years||Fine up to $5,000|
The process can move fast. Even when casino debt is only $250, the consequences may mean jail time.
Defenses for Casino Markers
How your case is handled is very important.
Here are a few defense that could be used in a casino marker case:
- Markers were forged
- Markers have no date or casino name (invalid marker)
- The casino intoxicated you with alcohol and you lost your judgment
- At the time the casino marker was issued, the customer had enough assets to pay the marker back
Sealing Casino Marker Charge
Casino marker charge can be sealed. In Nevada, certain conditions should be met before the attorney can initiate a record sealing process. Check our record sealing page for the latest rules.
Casino Marker Lawyer Can Help
Not one criminal case is exactly the same and this article is by no means a substitute for any legal advise.
The lawyers at Heshmati & Associates helped many clients charged with a gambling debt. Call us at 702-432-1000 to speak with a casino marker lawyer directly on how to resolve your case.
We represent clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.
Payment plans are available.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Resources: Casino Markers (Gaming Debt)
Casino Markers - Nevada Statues - NRS.616D.300 - False statements or representations to obtain benefits; concealment of material fact to obtain benefits; penalty.