Pimping & Pandering Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles
Pimping in California is a serious offense. If you are under investigation for pimping, do not speak to the police about the allegations. Consult a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately. I am experienced in defending against prostituting, pimping, and pandering cases. I am up to speed on the tactics used by law enforcement to build pimping cases against people. I know how prosecutors position these cases. Because I know how these cases go. I know how to defend them.
California’s Pimping Laws
Over the past few years, there has been increased enforcement in pimping cases. Both local police and federal agencies are now well-funded to combat human trafficking related offenses. Pimping is one of those offenses. Unfortunately, police and prosecutors have used the broad language in California’s pimping laws to categorize a wide range of conduct as pimping. More and more, pimping cases are being filed against people who in the past would never have been accused of pimping.
Modern pimping statutes came into law with the stereotypical pimp in mind: Someone who “turns girls out” into working as prostitutes, profits off of them, only shares a fraction of the income with them, and keeps control of them through violence and fear. The reality of today’s situation is far different. Often this is not a matter of people working as escorts or prostitutes under force or fear. These are consenting adults who know what they’re getting into. The person charged with pimping may not really be a pimp at all. It may be someone who assists with putting up ads on a website for a fee, it may be someone who agrees to work as a driver, or provide security. Unfortunately, the law does not take any of these grey areas into account. And with the pressure on police agencies and prosecutors to aggressively pursue pimping cases, anything that’s even remotely close to pimping gets filed.
Penal Code Section 266
California’s pimping law can be found in Penal Code Section 266. If convicted of pimping, it is a felony that carries a mandatory state prison sentence of at least three years. The maximum is six years. If a minor is involved, the punishment is even more severe. While a pimping conviction cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor, there are related misdemeanors which can sometimes be negotiated. For example, Penal Code Section 653.23 is “assisting or supervising a prostitute.” This is a far less serious charge; it’s a misdemeanor and may not carry any jail time.
Here’s the bottom line: Pimping prosecutions are relentless these days. These cases are not just going to go away and need to be aggressively defended by an experienced criminal defense attorney who can deal with the police, prosecutors, and fight back. Call me. You’ll see that I know what I’m talking about.
If you or a loved one are charged with a pimping, pandering or prostitution case, contact me at the Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg at 310-210-0744 for a confidential consultation. You can also contact me through the contact form on this website.