About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Criminal Law
(a)   A person may not:
(1)   bet, wager, or gamble;
(2)   make or sell a book or pool on the result of a race, contest, or contingency;
(3)   establish, keep, rent, use, or occupy, or knowingly allow to be established, kept, rented, used, or occupied, all or a part of a building, vessel, or place, on land or water, within the State, for the purpose of:
(i)   betting, wagering, or gambling; or
(ii)   making, selling, or buying books or pools on the result of a race, contest, or contingency; or
(4)   receive, become the depository of, record, register, or forward, or propose, agree, or pretend to forward, money or any other thing or consideration of value, to be bet, wagered, or gambled on the result of a race, contest, or contingency.
(b)   A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment for not less than 6 months and not exceeding 1 year or a fine of not less than $200 and not exceeding $1,000 or both.
(c)    (1)   The provisions of this subsection apply only in Baltimore City.
(2)   A person who violates this section may be charged by a citation.
(3)   A citation for a violation of this section may be issued to a person by a police officer authorized to make arrests in Baltimore City if there is probable cause to believe that the person is committing or has committed a violation of this section.
(4)   A citation issued under this subsection shall contain:
(i)   the name and address of the person charged;
(ii)   the statute allegedly violated;
(iii)   the location, date, and time that the violation occurred;
(iv)   the fine or term of imprisonment that may be imposed;
(v)   a notice stating that prepayment of a fine is not allowed;
(vi)   a notice that the court shall promptly send the person charged a summons to appear for trial; and
(vii)   the signature of the police officer issuing the citation.
(5)    (i)   The police officer who issued the citation shall forward to the appropriate court a copy of the citation.
(ii)   The court shall promptly schedule the case for trial and summon the defendant to appear.
(iii)   Willful failure of the defendant to respond to the summons is contempt of court.