Registering Bets

Registering bets is a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 271 Section 17. To be convicted of registering bets, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant EITHER:

  • Knowingly kept a room or building where there were books or other items for registering bets

  • OR

  • Was present in some place where he or she was knowingly involved in registering bets

Registering bets is punishable by a fine of up to $3,000, or by up to 3 years in the state prison, or by up to 2 ½ years in the jail or house of correction.

Use of a Telephone for Betting

Using a telephone for betting is a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 271 Section 17A. There are two elements that the government has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt before a defendant can be convicted of using a telephone for betting, as follows:

  • The defendant used, subscribed for, or controlled premises containing a phone.

  • AND

  • The defendant knowingly used or allowed the phone to be used for accepting or placing bets or wagers, buying or selling pools, or reporting results to a booking office.

Use of a telephone for betting is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 or by imprisonment for up to a year.

Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney

Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is a Boston criminal defense lawyer who has more than 30 years of experience defending persons who have been charged with registering bets and using a telephone for betting. If you have been accused of committing one of those crimes or any crime in Massachusetts, contact Attorney Wheeler as soon as possible. He can help you to understand your charge and its potential consequences, and he will start building your plan of attack right away.

Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973 5858

You can reach the Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr., located in Boston, by calling (617) 973 5858 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week). You should also feel free to e-mail Attorney Wheeler at any time. Robert Wheeler has the knowledge and skill to fight any criminal charge, including registering bets and using a telephone for betting. He will provide you with representation, attention, and service that is outstanding and rare. Initial telephone consultations with Attorney Wheeler are free and confidential, so call him today.