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If you are a resident of Los Angeles and have recently been accused of pimping or pandering, then you might be looking for ways to build a defense so that you can avoid fines and time in jail. Luckily, many options exist that can help you avoid a conviction, but it’s vital you contact a legal professional right away. You might feel tempted to talk to your friends or family about your case, but doing so can impact you in a negative way. You are giving the prosecution more material with which to work each time you discuss the events leading up to the accusations.
Pimping and Pandering Law
Taking the time to educate yourself on California’s pimping and pandering laws is a great first step if you want to build a solid defense. You can be charged with pimping if you receive any money or financial support from an individual who is involved in prostitution. Pandering charges can be brought against you if you encourage someone to engage in an act of prostitution. That can include using acts of violence or offering money to get an individual to comply. Although it’s a great first start, educating yourself on legal definitions is not enough to build a decent defense.
It’s important you learn about the penalties you could face for pimping and pandering so that you know what to expect if your case does not have a positive outcome. It will also help you decide if you should fight your charges or accept any plea deals. Pimping and pandering are both considered serious crimes and are felonies in the state of California. If you are found guilty, you could face between three and six years in prison, and you can be fined up to $10,000. Whether you receive the maximum punishment will likely depend on the severity of the infraction.
In most cases, your best option is to fight the charges so that you can avoid going to prison. If you were arrested during an undercover operation, you might be able to use that as a defense. Certain mistakes made by the police can qualify as entrapment, which could result in your charges being dropped. You could also claim that the police or a witness mistook you for the actual perpetrator of the crime. The best defense will depend on several factors, and only a trained legal team can help you determine the best course of action.
We Can Help
Although you can take steps to protect yourself from pimping and pandering charges, handling your case alone will not give you a good chance of winning your legal battle. If you want to stand a chance in court, then you need to have an experienced legal team by your side so that you don’t miss any critical steps along the way. When you hire us to represent your case, we will get to work reviewing relevant detail so that we can help you achieve the best possible results.