Playing a game of chance for money can not only result in loss of income, but can lead to addiction. The commission of crimes to feed that addiction such as fraud, theft, or misappropriation of funds, and involvement in illicit activities such as loansharking, prostitution, and substance abuse may often occur as a result. As well, anybody who participates in a game of chance with money involved – even infrequent players just betting for fun – can be charged with gaming under Section 330 of the California Penal Code. Because of this, many people who have never before been in trouble with the government find themselves with criminal records and facing fines or jail time. Whether you have been charged with a serious gaming violation or a minor one, it is necessary to retain a skilled attorney to navigate this complex field of law and fight to protect you against criminal penalties and damage to your record.