Orange County Pimping and Pandering Lawyers
Being charged with pimping and/or pandering is a very serious situation. Both crimes are considered felonies in the state of California (Penal Codes 266h and 266i). If you are convicted of pimping or pandering, you could face consequences including:
- A fine of up to $10,000
- A prison sentence of three to six years (up to eight years if the victim was under 16 years of age)
- Having to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life
- Being charged with the Federal crime of sex trafficking, which if convicted, could result in up to 30 years of prison time
If you find yourself in the dire situation of being accused of pimping and/or pandering, it is vital that you contact an attorney with expertise in the defense of sex crimes. Contact Law Office of Michael L. Guisti at (714) 530-9690 immediately if you face such charges. The firm’s attorneys have years of experience in such matters and will fight to get your charges lowered or even dropped.
Call us today at (714) 530-9690 to discuss your case in a free case evaluation!
Pimping is when you knowingly receive money from a prostitute, loan money to a prostitute, or receive money for the procurement of a prostitute. Pandering is similar, but slightly different. Pandering is when you procure a prostitute for someone but do not receive any money for it. You can also be charged with pandering for persuading someone to become a prostitute.
As you can see, the line between the two charges is very fine. This is why it is so important to be represented by an experienced attorney.
It’s a slippery slope. For instance, if you live with a girlfriend who works as a prostitute and pays part of the rent, you can be charged with pimping. If a friend is looking for a "lady of the evening" and you give him the phone number of someone you know is a prostitute, you can be charged with pandering.
"One evening police raiding my business, and I was facing not only losing my business license, but pandering charges. I never did such things. I need to thank Michael L. Guisti for getting this charged kicked out of court and helping me keep my business license."
While prostitution may be considered "the world’s oldest profession," it is still illegal in most states and police enforce it strongly. Though the crime of prostitution itself is a misdemeanor, pimping and pandering are both felonies. In addition to the legal penalties, being accused of these crimes can result in a great deal of embarrassment for you and your family. An experienced sex crime defense attorney may be able to get the charges dropped or reduced by proving:
- You were falsely accused
- There is insufficient evidence
- You lacked criminal intent
- You were the victim of entrapment by law enforcement
For your freedom and your reputation’s sake, contact Law Office of Michael L. Guisti immediately if you or an acquaintance is accused of pimping or pandering. Call (714) 530-9690 for a free consultation and find out what your options are.
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Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.