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Gambling Offenses Defense Attorney

Ohio is one of the strictest anti-gambling states in the U.S. Gambling in Ohio is only allowed in a handful of casinos, and cheating in gambling or “fixing” sporting events can result in a criminal charge ranging from a misdemeanor to an aggravated gambling felony.

If you or someone you love is facing any kind of gambling charge, you want to have a dedicated criminal defense attorney in your corner.

Call 330-475-3164 for a free consultation

“Max and his associate did an outstanding job handling my case. They provided me with a more than happy outcome. Max also was there anytime I had a question throughout the whole process and after. Just a quick text and he would call as soon as he could.”

- Jason F.

Gambling Offenses Cases in Ohio

Ohio’s casinos are fairly new, so they of course led to changes in Ohio’s law, as well. Here are the main points to keep in mind:

  • Anyone found guilty of gambling will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. If they have prior gambling offenses on their record, they will be charged with a fifth degree felony offense.
  • Anyone who owns property can operate the premises for gambling. Anyone found guilty of this will be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. If they have prior gambling offenses on their record, they will be charged with a fifth degree felony offense.
  • Anyone caught gambling at an unapproved public premises (hotel, restaurant, etc.) will be charged with a minor misdemeanor or a fourth degree misdemeanor if they have prior offenses.
  • Anyone attempting to manipulate the outcome of a game for the purpose of fraud will face a fifth degree felony or a fourth degree felony if they have prior offenses.
  • Anyone found to be violating a valid bingo license in order to conduct gambling will be charged with a felony of the fourth degree.

Why Choose Hiltner Trial Lawyers

At Hiltner Trial Lawyers, we have successfully defended many people charged with gambling offenses.

For example, we recently helped a client with the following case:

In Columbiana County, two middle-aged brothers and their elderly father were charged with various felonies alleging they operated an illegal bingo hall and gambling house out of their family bar. Max Hiltner was hired by one of the brothers when state prosecutors dug in and the trial seemed imminent. Shortly after being retained, Hiltner saw that his client’s Constitutional rights were violated during questioning by the officers. As a result, all charges were dismissed against the whole family.


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Contact Ohio attorney Max Hiltner if you’ve been charged with a gambling offense

Max Hiltner is known for his reputation as a trial lawyer who fights tooth and nail for his clients each and every time. He’s often hired by other attorneys to try cases on their behalf, and he has been honored to frequently speak at CLEs around the country. If you need a criminal defense attorney in Ohio, contact Hiltner Trial Lawyers today.
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“Max Hiltner is dynamite in the courtroom by connecting with the jury, recalling facts and cultivating good relationships with the opponents and presiding judge. He is professional, dedicated, honest and cares about the livelihood of his clients and their families. He excels in negotiating and hiring experts necessary for a well rounded defense. Max was one of my lawyers that stood between me and a life sentence. Without him on my team I would still be in prison. He will fight for you.”

- Colleen O.

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    Ger VangGer Vang
    15:23 04 Mar 24
    First time having to use a lawyer, and I was glad that I chose Hiltner. If you want results, he is the man. He fought for me, gave me solid advice, and showed empathy for me during my crisis. He was understanding of my financial situation and gave me time to make my payments. He even provided additional services to help me on other matters that came up not discussed on our contract, which I truthly appreciate. If you want a lawyer that will fight for you with everything that he's got and to treat you with respect, look no further.
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    16:13 07 Feb 24
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    13:00 07 Feb 24
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    Donia AmraDonia Amra
    15:47 05 Feb 24
    I am grateful for the outstanding legal representation I received from Max Hiltner. He not only possesses a deep understanding of the law but also goes above and beyond to prioritize clients' needs. Max guided me with clarity and transparency, making a complex legal situation more manageable. The communication was prompt, and his dedication to my case was evident throughout. I highly recommend Max for anyone seeking a knowledgeable and reliable attorney. Thank you for your exceptional service!
    Dustin CampbellDustin Campbell
    15:57 30 Jan 24
    Max was professional, responsive and competent. Highly recommended!
    Brian AultBrian Ault
    23:02 25 Jan 24
    I worked with Max, and he listened to my concerns and desired outcomes, and got me to where I wanted to be. He also explained options at each step and guided me along our legal path to resolution. I trusted him to work for my interests, and he absolutely did.
    Jim LongJim Long
    16:22 25 Jan 24
    I reached out to several lawyers for help. Most sent automated emails back with lists of fees for various services.Max is the only one who called me personally to ask how he can help.After hiring Max, he patiently listened to everything I had to say and answered all of my questions.He helped me get an amazing deal during a very difficult situation.10/10
    Cody SchatzCody Schatz
    13:45 24 Jan 24
    Max was the first lawyer we spoke with who we felt actually heard our side of the story. From the first phone call he asked specific questions and was available. Max worked hard to get us the best possible outcome and took time to make sure we knew the legal processes at work. This is the guy you want on your side.
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