Penal Code 266i deals with the crime of pandering in the state of California. Pandering is an act often tied to prostitution. It does not involve performing sex acts for money, however. Individuals who engage in pandering may face fines and even incarceration.
The Simmrin Law Group can provide you with additional information to fight this charge. Find out more by contacting us today at (310) 997-4688.
California’s Definition of Pandering
Pandering is a crime associated with prostitution. In short, pandering occurs if someone tries to influence someone else to become or remain a prostitute. However, the specifics of the legal code are more complex.
Individuals may face pandering charges if, while acting intentionally, they encourage someone to work as a prostitute. Pandering charges may apply if they use:
- Acts of violence
Individuals may also face pandering charges if they try to get someone to continue working as a prostitute. Additionally, getting someone to engage in prostitution in a brothel can lead to pandering charges.
The Role of Intent in a Pandering Charge
Pandering charges require specific intent in California. This means that individuals must act intentionally in order to face a conviction. In other words, they must act with the goal of encouraging someone to become or remain a prostitute.
An individual does not have to succeed to face pandering charges. Even if the other person refuses to become or remain a prostitute, charges may still apply. Find out more about pandering accusations by calling (310) 997-4688 to speak with a member of our team.
Connecting Prostitution and Pandering in California
Pandering is explicitly tied to acts of prostitution in California. Therefore, it’s important to review the definition of prostitution. Prostitution involves performing lewd acts in exchange for payment of some kind. Individuals may also engage in sexual intercourse for payment during an act of prostitution.
Prostitution itself is against the law in California. Individuals could face charges under Penal Code 647(b) for prostitution. A conviction could lead to fines and a few months of time in jail. A sex crimes lawyer in Los Angeles can provide more information about this charge.
There are a few other charges closely associated with pandering in California. These charges may include:
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
- Supervising or aiding a prostitute
Penalties for a Pandering Conviction
You should know that pandering is considered a felony by the court system in California. Individuals convicted of pandering may face:
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Prison time of up to six years
However, individuals may face more prison time in some cases. Pandering involving a minor may lead to prison time of up to eight years. California defines minors as anyone under the age of 18.
A conviction of pandering to a minor has additional consequences. Individuals convicted of this act must register as sex offenders in California. Individuals who do not register as sex offenders are committing an additional crime. Call us at (310) 997-4688 to learn more.
Defenses for Pandering Accusations in California
Building a defense against pandering accusations in California is very important. Our team understands which defenses can work in your situation. Based on your unique legal needs, a lawyer may focus on showing that:
- You didn’t mean to persuade someone to engage in prostitution.
- You were falsely accused of pandering.
- You were subject to entrapment by the police.
Entrapment occurs when police officers overstep their legal bounds. They may do this if they try to pressure or threaten you into committing a crime while undercover. We can help you if you have experienced entrapment here in California.
A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can focus on getting your charges reduced. We know how to build your defense for an entrapment charge. Call us today.
Work with a Lawyer to Handle Pandering Charges
Penal Code 266i charges are very serious. Get help handling these accusations by reaching out to a criminal defense lawyer at the Simmrin Law Group for a free consultation. We are ready to help you right now. Call us at (310) 997-4688. You may also complete our online contact form.