How Can Prosecutors Prove Pimping & Pandering Charges under California Penal Code 266h & 266i?
Pimping and pandering has really changed throughout the 27 years that I've been practicing criminal defense.
Usually, when you see these cases filed, you're going to see a situation where you have the stereo-typical:
- pimp who's taking all the money from the woman that's involved,
- who is violent,
- threatens them and is dangerous with a gun.
That still happens in pimping and pandering cases, but now you have a different breed of pimp. The prosecutors are charging with the same Penal Code Sections 266h & 266i.
Three-Year Mandatory Minimum in Prison
They are still facing that 3-year mandatory minimum in prison if they are convicted of pimping and pandering, loitering for the purposes of prostitution in Los Angeles county.
This is a situation where the pimp is actually sharing some of the money with the prostitute and the pimp's role can take many different forms.
I had one case where the pimp was an Uber driver and he was driving the prostitute around to her various appointments and then getting a piece of the action.
Obviously, the police were able to prove that the pimp knew that the prostitute was engaging in prostitution activities.
And, the pimp was helping her in some way and then they get you for aiding and abetting pimping and pandering which is the same as pimping and pandering.
So, there's various ways they can prove this. Sometimes you have pimps that are very nice. They call that a “Romeo Pimp” who's not beating the prostitute.
He's not taking all of the prostitute's money. So, you really have to look at what's going on in some of these cases in order to determine whether the prosecutors really can prove that pimping and pandering statute.
But, it's a pretty broadly interpreted statute; meaning, they have a pretty good argument when it comes to people who are helping prostitutes make money.
But there is a limit to what these guys are able to do. Just because you help, if you don't know what the person's doing, that certainly doesn't make you a pimp for purposes of pimping and pandering.
Seeking Reduced Charges or Case Dismissal
So, we have to look at the facts and circumstance of your particular case in order to make the determination of:
- number one, whether the prosecutors truly can prove a pimping and pandering situation;
- number two, if it is a more-watered-down version of a pimp;
- a lot of times I'm able to get the pimping and pandering charge dismissed.
In some cases, the prosecutors have evidence that you committed a crime that fits under the Code Section for pimping and pandering.
Then we're able to get a different Code Section that doesn't trigger that 3-year mandatory prison sentence and doesn't give you the stigma of having a pimping and pandering conviction on your record.
Criminal Defense Lawyer for California Prostitution Cases
So, if you or a loved one is charged with pimping and pandering, you're facing that 3-year mandatory minimum, you're scared.
you're looking at potentially registering as a sex offender, and a whole host of other problems that come along with this particular charge, pick up
Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. We'll sit down in the privacy of my office.
We'll go over everything step by step and we'll design a plan that makes sense for you and your circumstances.
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