The Van Nuys courthouse gets a lot of pimping and pandering cases because there is a lot of prostitution activity on Sepulveda Boulevard.
So, the police not only have set up surveillance on Sepulveda Boulevard, but they have also put their female vice officers out there posing as prostitutes.
Then they surround the female with officers who are hiding from a distance watching as potential Johns approach the female. Also, a lot of times, people are stupid enough to pose as pimps and try to convince the female to share her proceeds with the supposed pimp.
For example, I've seen people posing as Uber drivers and they're willing to drive them to their pimping locations to have sex with other people and then they get a piece of the action — that would fall under the category of pimping and pandering.
Undercover Police Sting Operations
I've seen all sorts of scenarios. The bottom line is, if you're on Sepulveda Boulevard and you're talking to a prostitute and it turns out that prostitute is an undercover police officer.
Then you agree to do anything to help her and you're going to get paid for it and you know that she's involved with sexual activity, then you may be jammed under that category of pimping and pandering.
Even if you're not the stereo-typical pimp, in the Van Nuys court they're going to charge you with pimping and pandering.
You're going to be looking at a 3-year mandatory minimum in state prison because of that charge, and a whole host of other consequences that flow from a pimping and pandering charge in the Van Nuys courthouse.
Avoid the 3-Year Minimum Prison Sentence
So, a lot of times what we need to do is kind of take you out of that stereo-typical pimp who's beating the women, who's threatening them, who's taking all the women's money and giving them small amounts of money.
You want to be categorized in a different way. But, you have to realize that even though you may be categorized as what they call a Romeo pimp where you're nice to the women and not taking as big of a percentage.
Still, the bottom line is, if you're collecting money, you know they're involved in some sort of sexual activity and you're helping them in any way, you'll be charged just as much as someone who is a stereo-typical pimp.
Mitigation Package to Prosecutor
By the way, the prosecutors are sex crime prosecutors. All they do typically are these types of cases, and usually to get a good offer in this type of a case.
In order to resolve it, you're going to want to go to the supervisor and make sure you submit information that takes you out of the gamut of somebody who deserves to go to prison.
Another thing they look at in these pimping and pandering cases is the person's criminal record.
Obviously, if you have no prior criminal record, you're going to be in a much stronger position than somebody who has a prior criminal record.
Especially, if their record for this type of activity or any type of sex activity where you're convicted of a crime, even if you're registering as a sex offender, that's a big negative factor against somebody who's charged with pimping and pandering in the San Fernando Valley.
Experienced Sex Crime Lawyer
I've been handling these cases for 26 years. I'm very familiar with what it takes to defend these cases, what the prosecutors have to prove in a pimping and pandering case and what it's going to take to get you the best possible resolution.
So, if you're charged with pimping and pandering in the Van Nuys court, pick up the phone.
Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. Set up a meeting with me. We'll go over everything and I'll do everything I can to help you.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact our office for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0979.