Dallas Gambling Attorney

For many, the thought that gambling is a crime seems absurd. The State of Texas allows legalized gambling through the Texas Lottery or if you’re betting on horses pursuant to the Texas Racing Act (i.e., so long as they get to operate as the “house,” the State of Texas seems to be okay with it). However, under the Texas Penal Code, gambling is still a crime. Fortunately, it’s only considered a Class C misdemeanor, for which the penalty range includes a fine of up to $500, but does not include jail time.

By the way, if you’re wondering whether or not you’re breaking the law when you get together with some buddies for a friendly game of poker, you don’t need to be concerned. The gambling statute provides a defense to prosecution, so long as chances of winning and losing are the same for everyone, nobody receives an economic benefit other than “personal winnings” (i.e., there’s no “house” involved in the game), and the game occurs in a private place.