Cheating at Play Charges
Cheating at Play is an offence related to gaming in casinos and charges can be brought against both players and employees including dealers, roulette croupiers, and pit bosses. These charges are often brought about following extensive RCMP investigations. Disclosure usually includes witness statements, and casino surveillance footage that can relate to a single incident or a number of incidents over an extended period of time.
Consequences of conviction can include a criminal record, permanents bans from gaming throughout the country, loss of employment, and for non-citizens, possible deportation and removal hearings. These cases are considered “straight indictable” meaning that accused persons have the right to a trial by jury in a province’s higher court. Under the Criminal Code of Canada:
209. Every one who, with intent to defraud any person, cheats while playing a game or in holding the stakes for a game or in betting is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
The Law Office of Alexander Ejsmont is a Vancouver based criminal defence practice that assists clients charged with Cheating at Play charges in British Columbia and throughout Canada.
What is the maximum possible penalty for a Cheating at Play conviction?
Under the Criminal Code, a conviction for Cheating at Play carries a maximum possible penalty of 2 years imprisonment.
If you choose to plead guilty or are convicted after a trial, a judge may consider a variety of different sentences in addition to jail or prison including fines, probation orders, and house arrest. For a large number of offences, a judge also has the ability to discharge a person and not impose a criminal record. The likelihood of a period of jail or prison is case specific and can be discussed during your initial consultation.
Is it possible to get Cheating at Play charges dropped or withdrawn?
The outcome of a case depends on many factors including the seriousness of the allegations, whether or not your rights were violated during your arrest, your personal circumstances, and the strength of the prosecutor’s case against you. There are several possible outcomes for a criminal case including having charges withdrawn (or dropped), having a stay of proceedings entered by a judge, or being found not guilty after a trial. Our office has defended numerous cheating at play charges successfully representing both employees and players. You can read more about possible outcomes [here].