What if I am charged with “unpaid casino markers” in Las Vegas, NV? Law & penalties

What if I am charged with “unpaid casino markers” in Las Vegas, NV? Law & penalties


-A casino marker
is basically a note that someone signs
with a casino. In reality, often
people sign these notes without reading the fine print. Often, they don’t realize
that they’re actually signing a promise to pay
very much like a check. -Many people are surprised to
find out that not only can one be held civilly liable
for a casino marker, with a casino choosing to sue
you to recover the monies they believe they are owed. But there are also criminal
penalties for casino marker, as well. -The cases are typically
handled by the bad check units of the district
attorney’s offices. And it’s treated in
essence as if you knowingly entered into an agreement
to pay monies back and you did not have
the intent to do so. Most often, when we
negotiate these cases, the resolution involves
simply paying the money back. Sometimes the amounts
are very large though. And sometimes it’s not possible
to pay all of the money back. The penalties could
include jail time and in some circumstances
could also include prison time. -Defrauding on a casino marker
is punishable as a Category D Felony which can carry out
$5,000 fine, or a penalty of one to four years of
potential imprisonment in the Nevada Department
of Corrections. -The earlier we get involved,
the more effective we can be. So if you’re just now starting
to get letters from the casino, demanding money, demanding
payment of the casino marker, call us right away. The longer you wait, typically,
the more seriously a case becomes. -Unfortunately, the state of
Nevada will extradite you. And you may not be entitled
to bail in your home state. So you could actually
sit in custody in your home state
for 60 to 90 days before Nevada comes to get you. And that’s really the
most difficult part. Because it may be that
once we get you here, we can resolve the
case with no jail time. But the time waiting for
extradition can be crucial. -However, there is
often ample warning that this process
might take place. It normally starts by the
casino sending you a letter, stating that your
check was returned for non-sufficient
funds and you have 10 days to redeem
that marker, or make good on what they
believe is owed to them. That’s the time when
you want to contact us, so we can try to work
out a resolution that won’t involve an arrest
warrant being issued. -We’ll get in touch with the
district attorney’s office. We’ll file a motion
with the courts to initiate your appearance in
court so that an arrest is not required. Or at worst, you may
have to fly to Nevada so we can get you
booked and released. But you won’t face
the burden of being taken into custody
in your home state. And having to wait 60 to
90 days for extradition. First and foremost, we want
to see if it’s a valid debt. Was there money in the
account at the time the marker was signed? Was there money in the
account at the time the casino tried to cash the marker? How much time transpired
between the time the initial note was signed
and the time the marker was submitted for collection? These are all crucial questions
for consideration as to whether or not the marker is a
valid, collectible marker. If we determine that it is
a valid, collectible marker, then we want to determine
whether our client has the means to pay
the marker back. We can often negotiate
extended terms over a period of several years.

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