When you carry around a business card that reads, “Big Pimpin’ Inc. Be a Star,” at a county fair, it’s not hard to imagine that the police will soon be on your trail. Such was the case for 34-year-old (name withheld in order to protect the privacy of the accused) who was arrested for pandering to minors as he walked around the fairgrounds asking young girls if they’d like to be stars in pornographic films.
California Penal Code 266i, covers what is known as ‘pandering.’ Pandering is quite different from ‘pimping,’ although the two are often confused for one another. Pandering occurs when you try to persuade someone to have sex for money by making them ‘available’ for prostitution. This could mean something as simple as giving them a ride when you know that they will be engaging in prostitution. So, pimping and pandering are much the same crime. But, if you’re still confused, just think of Heidi Fleiss, what she did was to encourage prostitution.
Pandering is considered a felony in the state of California and he will face a possible 6 years in state prison, registration as a sex offender (because the alleged victims were all under the age of 18), and up to $15,000 in fines. Because of the involvement of minors in the case, he may find his sentence extended by another 2 years for a potential of 8 years total. The bigger question that this case raises is whether or not ‘prostitution’ is the same thing as participation in ‘pornography.’
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a major offense in San Jose. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you might be worried about the future of your driver’s license. Following a DUI arrest, you might be wondering what to do next. Knowing your rights and the next steps can significantly impact the outcome of […]
Navigating the complexities of criminal law in San Jose can be confusing. Many residents often have questions about their rights, the legal process, and the consequences of a criminal charge. Fortunately, understanding these topics is easier with the correct information. At Summit Defense, our criminal defense lawyers are here to help you. Every criminal offense is […]
Being charged with a DUI in California is a serious matter. If you get convicted of a DUI, you spend time in jail, have your license suspended or revoked, and face significant fines and other penalties. A DUI conviction will also appear on your records, which might make it hard for you to secure housing […]