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By Jessica Travis on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On October 11, 2013, Jacksonville attorney, Kelly Mathis, was found guilty by six Sanford jurors on 103 counts ranging from possession of illegal slot machines to operating an unauthorized lottery and racketeering. Mathis was arrested last March after authorities found that he had been using the veterans’ non-profit organization, Allied Veterans’ Charity, as cover for a gambling operation that garnered over $300 million in illegal profits.

The Allied Veterans’ Charity claimed to be raising money for veterans by operating Internet cafes that were supposed to allow customers to buy Internet time. After a three year investigation into the organization, the Attorney General charged Mathis with running a casino gambling racket with slot machines and computer casinos operating under the guise of Internet cafes he had set up in over 40 locations across the state. After the jury found Mathis guilty on 103 charges, he was released on bond until his sentencing hearing in February, where he could possibly face many years in prison.

Following the arrest of Mathis and the investigation into his gambling racket,

the State legislature has taken a hard look at the hundreds of Internet cafes across the state of Florida that operate in online gambling. Many city and county governments in Florida have openly deemed Internet cafes as “storefront casinos” that deal in online gambling operations that attempt to evade state gambling laws. The legislature is attempting to pass new laws strictly banning the online casinos that are offered at the Internet cafes.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-10-11/news/os-allied-veterans-verdict-20131011_1_defense-attorney-mitch-stone-allied-veterans-kelly-mathis

Currently, Florida gambling laws are vague, leaving a gray area in the law that is often eluded by these Internet cafes. Florida Statues § 849.08 defines that any person who engages in any “game of chance, at any place, by any device whatever, for money or other thing of value” can be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable up to 60 days in jail. Florida Statutes § 849.08 further states that any person who maintains a gaming room or apparatus “for the purpose of gaming or gambling” or “permits any person to play for money or other valuable thing” can be guilty of felony punishable up to 5 years in prison.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/849.085

Testimonials

The most Responsive and Trustworthy Attorney I’ve ever hired.

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus.

Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

Sean

5.0
2018-07-27T17:42:25+00:00

Sean

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus. Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

An attorney that not only cares about her clients but she also fights for justice!!

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:41:35+00:00

Anonymous

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

I can not thank her enough.

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

Natalie

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:08+00:00

Natalie

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

Excellent lawyer

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

Ronaldo

5.0
2018-07-27T17:47:39+00:00

Ronaldo

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

Client Review of Jessica Ann Travis

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

Carlos

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:02+00:00

Carlos

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

Competent, Efficient, and Friendly

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:48:22+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

My legal issue was taken care of efficiently . . .

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:00+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

FABULOUS LAWYER

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:45+00:00

Anonymous

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

I’m so glad I was able to seek out her help . . .

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

William

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:59+00:00

William

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

Customer Service, Offerings, Timeliness, Quality

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:38:16+00:00

Anonymous

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Julio

5.0
2018-07-27T17:44:21+00:00

Julio

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Exceptional attorney

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Cindy

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:42+00:00

Cindy

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Offerings, Other, Timeliness, Customer Service, Quality

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-08-06T15:12:42+00:00

Anonymous

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.
5
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Disclaimer: Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.

Testimonials

Client Review of Jessica Ann Travis

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

Carlos

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:02+00:00

Carlos

Jessica has at all times demonstrated loyalty to the client. She goes the extra mile in representation and never gives up. She is constantly looking at all alternatives that would legally benefit the client. She goes out of her way to keep the client informed at all times. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, procedures, the legal community, and client support services. I would highly recommend Jessica Travis with no reservations.

FABULOUS LAWYER

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:45+00:00

Anonymous

I read the reviews on here prior to hiring Jessica as my attorney. The reviews are not wrong. She is an excellent attorney. She does her research and is very professional. She let me know what to expect and understood my concerns. I hired her for a case that was less than a week away and she blew it out of the park. Thank you Jessica, that takes a real professional to be prepared that quickly. Hopefully I don't have to use you again, but if I need an attorney, I will be right back to you! I will also recommend you to any of my friends or associates who need a good lawyer with your expertise.

I’m so glad I was able to seek out her help . . .

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

William

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:59+00:00

William

I was recently involved in an auto accident in which a bicyclist ran into the side of my car. Even though I was not at fault, the FHP officer gave me a ticket and wanted to put four points on my license. I have a very clean driving record and have been driving for 15 years. Needless to say, I was very upset. Jessica helped resolve the situation such that the ticket was dismissed and no points were put on my license. I'm so glad I was able to seek out her help and I highly recommend her services as a traffic attorney. Thank you Jessica.

Competent, Efficient, and Friendly

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:48:22+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

I can not thank her enough.

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

Natalie

5.0
2018-07-27T17:49:08+00:00

Natalie

I was involved in an auto accident and went looking for a lawyer. I had found Jessica on a work website upon my searching. She made me feel very comfortable and at home. I felt very confident form the start that she was going to be able to take care of my problem. I can not thank her enough.

Exceptional attorney

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Cindy

5.0
2018-07-27T17:43:42+00:00

Cindy

Jessica was very professional , prompt and straight to the point. Always kept us informed, and we knew what was going on with the case at any given time! Very caring person for the client and family she is representing and that made our family feel at ease during this stressful time. Would highly recommend Jessica ! Pleased with the results!

Offerings, Other, Timeliness, Customer Service, Quality

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-08-06T15:12:42+00:00

Anonymous

Jessica Travis and her staff are the top of Orlando best attorney that can offer you what you need and give you results you need.

The most Responsive and Trustworthy Attorney I’ve ever hired.

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus.

Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

Sean

5.0
2018-07-27T17:42:25+00:00

Sean

Jessica was very professional and knowledgeable in the law of DUI's Even though we did not win the case, she gave it here best shot and gave me the best recommendations. Jessica was a former prosecutor and now and defense lawyer. She knows and understands both sides of the judicial system which is a big plus. Let's hope I don't ever need her services again but if I do, she will be the first person I contact. I would also recommend her to any and all friends that need her services. She is very passionate about the law and it shows in the court room. She is an outstanding attorney.

My legal issue was taken care of efficiently . . .

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Anjum

5.0
2018-07-27T17:46:00+00:00

Anjum

My experience working with Jessica Travis was wonderful. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and professional. She made me feel at ease during the entire process. My legal issue was taken care of efficiently and I would highly recommend Jessica to handle any legal matter.

Customer Service, Offerings, Timeliness, Quality

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:38:16+00:00

Anonymous

I would highly recommend Jessica Travis to anyone who is in need of a Violation of Probation Lawyer. I reside out of state and with a family member needing urgent attention in a VOP case finding Jessica online was nothing I would regret.

An attorney that not only cares about her clients but she also fights for justice!!

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

Anonymous

5.0
2018-07-27T17:41:35+00:00

Anonymous

Ms. Jessica Travis is a fighter. She will not stop until she gets the justice you deserve. The felony I was charged with had two counts against me. I was facing 5 years on each count. Ms. Travis saw that the charges against me were not as what they seemed, and she worked day and night on my case. As we went to trial my charges were dropped down to probation and community service. I thought my life was over until she accepted my case. I have never met anyone that cared so much for my rights. She promised me that she would do her best to get the best deal and she did more than that. I am now working full time and my wife and I are finally getting our life back. Thank you Jessica for everything. If anyone of you need an defense attorney, Do not elsewhere. She will treat your case as if you were her only client. She is the best!!!

Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Julio

5.0
2018-07-27T17:44:21+00:00

Julio

I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Travis , for anybody looking for a high quality lawyer that also has a very personal touch in making you feel comfortable, in a very difficult, situation. Thank you Ms. Travis you are the best!!!!

Excellent lawyer

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.

Ronaldo

5.0
2018-07-27T17:47:39+00:00

Ronaldo

It was a wonderful that my legal shield sent me with Mrs Travis.She was very professional and straight and even that we only contact by phone I felt confidence in her.My ticket was dismissed. Thanks.
5
13

Disclaimer: Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.

The increasing trend in fantasy sports leagues has also brought about the issue of the legality regarding gambling. While many people enthusiastically take part in their fantasy football leagues, the thought of whether playing in these leagues by betting money is legal may never cross their minds. In the United States, playing fantasy football for money is legal under federal law. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 outlines that fantasy gaming is legal because the value of the winnings is independent of the fees paid in by participants, the game reflects knowledge and skill and not just a game of mere luck, and finally, the results of the winnings are independent on the final scores of the actual sports games.

http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2010/fil10035a.pdf

Although federal law has deemed fantasy sports as legal, taking part in a fantasy football league is actually considered illegal in Florida and can carry a penalty of up to 60 days in jail. Under Florida Statutes §849.14 a person who bets any money or anything of value on a contest involving “skill, speed or power or endurance of human or beast” may be guilty of a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor. Therefore, when selecting your fantasy sports leagues these upcoming sports season, make sure you carefully look at the rules and regulations regarding the league and if it abides by the Florida statutes.

Along with legislation banning gambling on fantasy sports, Florida also strictly regulates “at-home” gambling that involves cards games such as poker or bridge. Under Florida Statutes §849.085, it is legal to conduct “penny ante games” in which the winnings cannot exceed $10. In the context of the statute, “penny ante games” are games of “poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts, dominoes, or mah-jongg.” The statute further states that participants must be over 18 years old and the games must be played at a residential dwelling in which the residential owner is part of the penny ante game. According to the statute, it is illegal for a person to charge an admission fee for hosting one of these games and the host cannot receive any payments for conducting the game, such as a house cut.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/849.085

With the controversy regarding Internet casinos waging up across Florida and the immense popularity of fantasy football and card gaming underway, the Sunshine State may see a new onset of gambling legislation in the near future. In the mean time, it is important to understand the current gambling laws that regulate gaming in Florida. By becoming informed of the legal issues surrounding gambling, you can better enjoy gaming activities without the fear of committing an illegal act.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0849/Sections/0849.14.html

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