Miami Criminal Attorney
We Defend the Bill of Rights
One Case at a Time® since 1974.
Free Consultation 305.670.9919 En Español

Transmission of Wagering Information


Florida law permits gambling on reservation casinos and in the sport of horse racing. Otherwise, the state strictly regulates the amounts that can be wagered, as well as where casinos can be located geographically. However, these are not the only laws that regulate gambling, as Congress passed a series of laws aimed at inhibiting the transmission of wagering information between states. Navigating state and federal gambling laws can be complex, so if you have been charged with a gambling offense in Florida, it is critical to contact an experienced white collar crime attorney who can explain your legal options.

Federal Law  

Federal law prohibits people who engage in the business of betting or wagering from using a wire communication facility to transmit wagers or information in interstate or foreign commerce if the transmission assists in the placing of bets on any sporting event or contest. It is also unlawful to use wire communication to:

  • Transmit any material that entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of bets or wagers; or
  • Transmit information that assists in the placing of bets or wagers.

Generally, these charges are leveled against businesses in an effort to cut down on organized gambling, although the law has also been applied to internet gambling. Those who are convicted of illegally transmitting wagering information face serious consequences, including fines and a two year prison sentence.


Certain activities are specifically exempted from this law, including:

  • Transmitting information for use in news reporting of sporting events or contests; and
  • Transmitting information that helps with the placing of bets or wagers in a contest from a state or foreign country where betting is legal, into a state in which betting is legal.

Aside from these exceptions, transmitting information to assist in betting can be prosecuted under federal law.

Non-Sports Betting 

In 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a memo, in which it clarified two decades of differing opinions on the issue of interstate non-sports related internet gambling. In its publication, the DOJ specifically stated that this federal law does not apply to non-sports betting, which means that the DOJ cannot prohibit states from:

  • Licensing intrastate internet gambling;
  • Providing lottery games over the internet; or
  • Compacting with each other to provide interstate gaming.

Common Carriers 

When a common carrier is notified in writing by law enforcement officers that its services are being used or will be used to transmit or receive gambling information, it is required by law to discontinue or refuse to continue leasing, furnishing, or maintaining its facility. Furthermore, no damages, or civil or criminal penalties can be found against a common carrier for complying with orders from law enforcement.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney  

Although certain gambling activities are permitted in Florida, federal law prohibits these entities from using or receiving wagers via wire communication, so if you have been charged with internet gambling, please contact Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., Criminal Defense Attorneys by calling 305-670-9919. You deserve compassionate and experienced representation during this stressful time.


Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
Miami Criminal Attorneys

9130 South Dadeland Blvd
Miami, Florida 33156

Telephone: 305-670-9919
Fax: 305-670-9299

Miami Abogado Criminal Jeffrey S. Weiner website - Delitos de Negocios, Delitos de Drogas y Apelaciones

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linked In
  • Instagram

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

No content on this site may be reused in any fashion without written permission from

We Defend the Bill of Rights
One Case at a Time® since 1974.
MileMark Media - Practice Growth Solutions

© 2017 Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. Attorney at Law. All rights reserved.
This law firm website is managed by MileMark Media.

Contact Form Tab