Pandering, and a related charge of pimping, typically involves third parties who benefit from prostitution. These charges don’t directly apply to people who solicit prostitution or those who are personally engaged in prostitution. These charges are reserved for the so-called middlemen or intermediaries. Pandering and pimping involved people who are allegedly involved in the facilitation, procurement and business of prostitution and who stand to benefit from the illegal interactions. It’s important to understand that the charge of pandering is applied in cases where one person has allegedly procured a person for prostitution. Whether there was force involved or just a persuasive conversation, if you’ve been arrested for pandering, you need to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case.
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Pandering is essentially the procuring of a person for prostitution. If you cause, encourage, force or persuade a person to become a prostitute, you can be charged with pandering. If at any time you try to convince somebody to become a prostitute or to go into the prostitution business with you, you could get charged with pandering. To get convicted of pandering, there has to be intent involved, so you shouldn’t be facing charges or a conviction if you unintentionally cause another person to engage in prostitution. Pandering is a charge that is usually reserved just for people who are intentionally trying to procure somebody for prostitution.
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Persuading Somebody Into Prostitution
Pandering charges almost always include some kind of narrative of persuasion. While many people might think that violence, the threat of force or the direct use of force are the only ways to get somebody involved in prostitution, that’s just not the case. It’s not uncommon to see persuasion in the form on favors, shelter, money and gifts as ways to persuade somebody into becoming a prostitute. No matter what form, any type of persuasion that causes or attempts to cause somebody into becoming a prostitute can probably be classified as pandering.
Forcefully Making Somebody Engage in Prostitution
Where force and the threat of physical violence involved, you could be looking at additional charges. Causing somebody to become a prostitute by using violence or the threat of violence is certainly pandering. If you specifically intend to get somebody involved in prostitution and you take forceful steps to make that occur or in an attempt to make that occur, you could be facing pandering charges, in addition to a variety of potential other charges.
Pandering and Minors
If minors are involved, expect the charges to be much more serious and the potential penalties and consequences to be much more severe. Trying to persuade a minor to get involved in prostitution can get you slapped with not only a pandering charge but additional charges related to child exploitation as well. If you’re facing pandering charges involving a minor, you need to speak with an experienced and proven criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible about your cases, because the consequences of a conviction can be life changing and severe.
Pimping: A Related Charge
We often see pandering cases involving multiple different charges. One of the more common charges associated with pandering is pimping. Where pandering is the act of trying to cause somebody to become a prostitute, pimping is sharing in the profits. If your alleged crimes involve receiving, either directly or indirectly, any of the earnings associated with the prostitute’s work, you could be looking at an additional charge of pimping. You can also get charged for pimping if you’re directly associated with the exchange of money for soliciting of a prostate.
Pandering and Online Sex Crimes
Like many sex crimes, pandering doesn’t just happen on the streets anymore. With computer forensics and other technological investigative advancements, we’re seeing more pandering cases involving online evidence. From online chat rooms to undercover stings, if you’re facing any kind of online or cyber pandering charges, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to get the ball rolling on your defense.
When to Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer
After any type of arrest involving prostitution, it’s important to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney about your case. Depending upon the charges involved and the unique circumstances of your individual situation, if convicted of pandering, you could spend time behind bars and get slapped with hefty fines. If you have been arrested and charged with pandering or any crime associated with prostitution, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate case consultation.