Criminal Lawyer For Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest (N.J.S.A. 2C:21-11)
Publicly exhibited contests can be held by many kinds of organizations and entities in New Jersey, but their rules must be available to the public, and the organization holding the contest is required by law to abide by those rules.
There are three ways to run afoul of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-11, Rigging Publicly Exhibited Contest.
First, if you offer any consideration to, or threaten any person associated with the contest in order to prevent the contest from being held by its own rules and usage, you are in violation.
Tampering with any person, animal, or thing related to the contest is also a violation.
Finally, if you solicit or accept a benefit for tampering with a public contest, you are in violation.
The charges, and penalties, will be scaled according to the value of the benefit, and the maximum sentence you can face is five to 10 years in prison, with a $150,000 fine.
There are also penalties for failing to report a solicitation for rigging a contest, and for participating in a contest that you know is rigged.
This applies to those who act as sponsors, producers, judges, and other types of organizational participants.
Rigging a publicly exhibited contest is a potentially serious charge in New Jersey and requires an experienced attorney.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer.