Pimping and Pandering Laws – California Penal Code 266h & 266i
WHAT AM I FACING IF I AM CHARGED WITH THE CRIMES OF PIMPING AND/OR PANDERING?
I have handled pimping and pandering cases for over 25 years in Los Angeles County. It is not a crime that is commonly charged and the prosecutors take these cases very seriously because of all of the negative stigma that surrounds them and the political pressure that they face to deal with this type of subject matter harshly.
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 who 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. Especially when you consider that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has special units that handled these type of offenses and they get their marching orders right from the top.
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.
PC 266h and 266i – Covers Two Separate Crimes
These crimes are often charged together by prosecutors and are separate crimes that carry distinct punishments and have there own elements that must be proven by the prosecutor in order to find a person guilty of the subject offenses.
The consequences are very serious and an experienced sex crime defense attorney is essential in order to properly defend this type of offense. As indicated above, in a pimping and pandering prosecution, if convicted of one of these crimes, the minimum sentences that a judge is three years in prison.
In defending these cases over the past 25 years, I have noticed that the classic pimp prostitute scenario is not always what is going on when I see individuals charged with these crimes.
What is usually occurring is that the government is alleging that someone is making money at the expense of another person and that sexual conduct is involved. Unfortunately, the police do not always get it right and I see them sometimes mislead the prosecutors into filing a case that they can not prove and we end up going to trial and showing that the client is innocent.
Because of the serious nature of these crimes, in my opinion, you must have a seasoned criminal defense attorney by your side when you go to court to basically defend your freedom, rights and reputation.
I like to meet with the client face to face and go over what the strategy is going to be right from the beginning of the representation. There is not room for error in these cases and if we do not have a case that can be fought and won at a jury trial, then I want to make sure that the case is handled in such a way that we do not do anything that angers the prosecutor or judge, so that they are acting from emotion as they deal with your case.
Laws and Penalties for Pandering
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. It might be possible to avoid the mandatory sentence in a pimping and pandering case.
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.