The state of California uses Penal Code 266h to prosecute the act of pimping. Pimping is associated with charges for prostitution. Prostitution involves performing sexual acts for payment. Individuals who receive money from prostitutes engage in “pimping.”
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How California Defines Pimping
Pimping is a criminal act closely associated with prostitution. Prostitution involves performing sex acts in return for money or other payments. Individuals who engage in prostitution are working as prostitutes. Pimping occurs if someone receives support from:
- Money earned by a prostitute
- Money loaned by a house of prostitution to a prostitute
Additionally, pimping occurs if someone solicits customers for a prostitute and receives payment for this act. Even asking for payment to help solicit customers could result in a pimping charge. Note that California uses a specific definition for “soliciting.” Individuals solicit customers if they try to:
- Tempt someone into buying the services of a prostitute
- Lure someone in paying a prostitute
- Try to obtain funds from someone to carry out an act of prostitution
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Examples of PC 266h Violations
Man A knows a woman who works as a prostitute. She provides him with money she earned from a client. He uses this money to cover his rent. He could now face criminal charges for pimping in the state of California.
Man B works to find clients for a woman who performs acts of prostitution. She pays him for each person he sends her way. She could face charges for prostitution, and he could end up convicted of pimping.
Charges Similar to Pimping in California
There are several charges associated with pimping in California. In addition to prostitution, other related charges may include:
- Human trafficking
- Supervising or aiding a prostitute
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Convictions for PC 266h Violations in California
Pimping is a felony-level offense in California. The results of a conviction for pimping are generally very severe. The court can sentence an individual to up to six years of time in prison after a conviction.
The penalties for pimping are higher if an individual was pimping a minor. California considers anyone under the age of 18 to be a minor. Individuals can face eight years of prison time for pimping a minor. Additionally, pimping a minor requires individuals to register as sex offenders.
In some cases, the court system may offer formal probation after a pimping conviction.
Defenses for Pimping Accusations in California
An accusation of pimping does not have to lead directly to a conviction. There are several possible defenses to a pimping charge. A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can help you prove that:
You Were Entrapped by the Police
Sometimes, police officers in California engage in entrapment. Entrapment occurs if a police officer tries to lure you into committing a crime. Police officers who threaten or harass you into carrying out a criminal act may be engaging in entrapment.
You Were Wrongfully Accused
Not all accusations of pimping are made accurately. A prostitute could falsely claim that you were acting as a pimp. A lawyer could help you prove your side of the story.
You Did Not Know You Were Getting Funds from a Prostitute
Pimping occurs if someone knowingly takes funds from a prostitute. If you received money from someone without knowing they were working as a prostitute, you may be able to avoid a pimping conviction.
Talk to a Lawyer About Penal Code 266h: Pimping
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