Pimping & Pandering Defense

Although prostitution is illegal under federal law and outlawed in most other states other than parts of Nevada, many people are unaware of the laws in place to punish those who facilitate it. Florida pimping and pandering laws target those who derive support from the proceeds of prostitution. These individuals are pimps, and panderers and judges are unlikely to pity individuals who promote the sex trade, especially when it involves the exploitation of minors.

If you find yourself facing such charges, do not hesitate to acquire the services of a knowledgeable sex crime attorney at the Umansky Law Firm can analyze case facts, explore your criminal defense options, and serve as your legal representation throughout the process. Sex crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Florida. Combat the efforts of the opposition by allowing former prosecutors to fight for you.

Pimping & Pandering Explained

A pimp is a person who receives the proceeds from prostituting another individual. A panderer facilitates or promotes the services of a prostitute by posting digital advertisements, arranging meetings, and performing any other duties related to linking a prostitute and a client. Unlike the pimp, the pandered does not have to benefit financially to be found guilty of the charge. While it is possible for two separate people to hold these positions, one person is often the pimp and the panderer.

The laws in place are meant to target those who promote and benefit financially, not those who engage in it. A prostitute who works for a pimp cannot be charged with pandering. Likewise, an individual who pays a prostitute to perform sexual acts is not pandering. Such individuals who receive or offer sex for money are often guilty of separate misdemeanor offenses.

Penalty Range for Pimping & Pandering in Florida

Pimps and panderers will likely face accusations of providing a place for prostitution to occur, transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution, and deriving support from proceeds of prostitution. The latter is a felony in Florida and has penalty structure that intensifies with every offense:

First Offense

The first offense of deriving support from proceeds of prostitution is a Level 5 offense and second-degree felony punishable by:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Up to 15 years of probation
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Second Offense

The second offense of deriving support from proceeds of prostitution is a Level 7 offense and first-degree felony with a mandatory 23-month prison sentence. The convicted individual may additionally face:

  • Up to 30 years in prison
  • Up to 30 years of probation
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Third Offense

The third offense of deriving support from proceeds of prostitution is a Level 7 offense and first-degree felony with a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. The convicted individual may additionally face:

  • Up to 30 years in prison
  • Up to 30 years of probation
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

PIMPING AND PANDERING DEFENSES

Facilitators and beneficiaries are more harshly punished than those who commit the act of prostitution because the law sees such individuals as responsible being that many people are forced into prostitution. No matter the charges you face, you have the right to present a criminal defense in the court of law. Criminal Attorneys  at The Umansky Law Firm can mitigate your case by proving:

  • False accusation
  • Lack of criminal intent
  • Entrapment
  • Insufficient evidence

Our seasoned attorneys are ready to do what it takes to settle your criminal matters on the most favorable terms to you. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.