Legal professionals can find themselves faced with an individual or family experiencing a financial or legal matter due to a gambling problem. Problem gambling can lead to a wide array of legal issues such as:

  • Personal bankruptcy
  • Business bankruptcy
  • Debt collections
  • Foreclosures
  • Delinquent taxes
  • Divorce
  • Child custody and support
  • Theft or embezzlement
  • Bad checks or markers
  • Charges related to drugs and alcohol (high rates of substance abuse among problem gamblers)
  • Traffic violations or warrants
  • Insurance or tax fraud

These issues can create significant pressure; yet, an individual with a gambling problem may feel that the only way out is to continue gambling. Even though many individuals who struggle with a gambling problem have no prior criminal history, they may be motivated to commit a crime out of desperation to fund their disorder or pay off gambling debts when all legitimate sources of money have been exhausted.

Find a counselor to work with in your area or have materials sent to you in order to better equip yourself and help start the conversation.