Los Angeles Pandering Defense Lawyer
WHAT AM I FACING IF I AM CHARGED WITH THE CRIMES OF PIMPING AND/OR PANDERING IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY?
I have handled pimping and pandering cases for over 20 years in Los Angeles County. It is not a crime that is commonly charged and the prosecutors take these cases very seriously. If a person is convicted of pimping and pandering, then they are looking at a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. The prosecutors will typically try and make you register as a sex offender for the rest of your life and place serious restrictions on you in order to protect the community. In order to turn the tide in your favor and fight back, you must find a local attorney who frequently appears in the court where your case is pending. Further, you want to hire an attorney that is familiar with the type of charges you face and has dealt with the judge and prosecutor who will be dealing with your case. There is no substitute for experience and finding an attorney that has successfully traveled the road you are about to walk.
Many times law enforcement have improperly arrested a person for these type of charges. Or the police have trumped up charges to make them appear more serious than they actually are. Unfortunately, the only way to properly defend yourself is to have a savvy attorney by your side. When I go to court to represent my client’s interests, I take my job very seriously and I make sure that they are defended with the utmost professionalism and skill. I am always straight forward with my clients and tell them the whole true about what they are facing, what I think they should do and I always make sure that their case is a top priority.
Pimping and pandering are very closely related crimes and charged as as felonies. The consequences are very serious and an experienced sex crime defense attorney is essential.
Laws and Penalties for Pandering
California Penal Code 266h and 266i cover the laws of pimping and pandering. The crime of pimping and pandering basically is defined as asking, causing, forcing, or persuading someone to become a prostitute.The asking, causing, forcing, or persuading by be done by means of threats or promises and/or obtaining a house or a place in a house for a person to use for the purpose of prostitution. Also, to give, receive, or agree to receive or give any form of money or thing of value for another to become a prostitute.
Prostitution is defined as a lewd act between person for money or some form of payment. There must be some form of physical contact between the prostitute and client and with no contact there is no prostitution and hence no pandering.
One simple act can not constitute to pandering charges because the prosecution must establish a common scheme to impose criminal charges. As your criminal defense attorney we will attack the allegations by first trying to show lack of common scheme as well as lack of sufficient evidence. We will build a strong case on your behalf.
Pandering is a felony crime and can result in three, four, or six years in prison. If the person procured is under 16 years old the penalties increase to three, six, or eight years in prison and a $5000 fine. According to the California penal code there is a 3 year mandatory minimum sentence for a person convicted with pandering and that is hiring a Los Angeles Lawyer is necessary and imperative.
We Can Help Defend Your Pandering Charges
Our Attorneys at the Hedding Law Firm have over 75 years combined experience and we can help you if you or someone you know is facing pimping and pandering charges. Call to set up a meeting for a free consultation.