Prostitution is unfortunately a widespread problem in the State of California. From street corner prostitutes to high-end call girls, the end result is the same. When you engage in the business of prostitution, you are breaking California law and can be prosecuted harshly for your crime. Unfortunately, innocent men and women are often charged with pimping and pandering crimes, and without the right representation, they could spend years behind bars.
California's Prostitution Laws are also known as California Penal Code 647b. More specifically, California Penal Code 266h addresses the crime of pimping. According to this law, you can be found guilty of pimping if you solicit prostitutes or collect some or all of the pay. Even if you did not procure customers for the prostitute, simply collecting the money from prostitution is enough to convince authorities to arrest you and charge you with pimping.
Pandering is similar to pimping, but it is a separate charge in California. An individual can be found guilty of pandering if they knowingly provided or transported another individual for the purpose of prostitution. Even if you did not financially benefit from this transport, simply transporting another individual for the sole purpose of prostitution is against the law. It is important to note, however, that this transportation does not have to be physical. It can be committed in a brothel, over the Internet, or even over the phone.
Yet there are times when innocent men and women do not realize that they are accepting money from prostitution. They may simply be collecting a debt, or may be unaware that the individual paying them rent is, in fact, a prostitute and deriving their income from prostitution.
Undercover sting operations are usually the primary way individuals are arrested and charged with pimping and pandering. If your arrest occurred as a result of a sting operation, your attorney could use the defense of entrapment.
In addition, in order to be convicted of pimping or pandering in California,
you must intend to promote prostitution. If you were unaware that your
actions were promoting or facilitating prostitution, than your
Oakland sex crime attorney will use this as a defense against these charges.
When this occurs, you need an experienced prostitution defense lawyer on your side to start building a solid defense against these false accusations. At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our attorneys understand the intricacies of prostitution crimes and work aggressively to ensure that these charges are dismissed quickly.
Don't go throug this time alone. Our East Bay criminal defense lawyer can help you fight your charges and protect your name. We serve clients throughout the surrounding areas. Trust your future to the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed today! Contact the firm now at (510) 907-6600.