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Phoenix Pimping/Pandering LawyerWere you recently arrested for pimping or pandering in Phoenix, AZ? Arizona law punishes sex offenders severely, and pimping/pandering offenses are no exception. If you’ve been accused, don’t hesitate to seek legal advice from an experienced Phoenix pimping/pandering lawyer at Orent Law Offices, PLC

Our legal team has over 34 years of experience handling a broad range of sex offense cases. We’ll provide the aggressive legal defense you need during this challenging time. 

We offer free and confidential consultations to every potential client. Call our law offices in Phoenix, Arizona, today to schedule your free case review.

How Orent Law Offices, PLC Can Help if You Were Arrested for Pimping or Pandering in Phoenix, AZ

The stakes are high if you’re accused of any type of criminal offense. That’s particularly true of sex crimes. Police and prosecutors in Phoenix want to crack down on crimes involving prostitution. That means they’ll invest significant time and resources into putting you behind bars.

Fortunately, you have the right to a strong criminal defense lawyer. The state has a high burden when it comes to proving that you broke the law. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers will make the prosecutor’s job as difficult as possible.

At Orent Law Offices, PLC, we have more than 34 years of experience fighting for clients accused of serious crimes. In fact, our founding attorney is an Arizona State Bar-Certified Criminal Law Specialist. 

When you hire us, you can count on your lawyer to:

  • Evaluate every possible defense in your case
  • Investigate to find the evidence to support your claim
  • Comb through the prosecution’s case to identify any weaknesses
  • Help you understand any plea bargain offered by the prosecution
  • Negotiate to get the charges against you reduced or dropped

Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys have a reputation for winning in court. We’ll use that reputation to your advantage. To learn more about how a lawyer can help with your case, call today for a free consultation.

Overview of Pimping and Pandering Laws in Arizona

Engaging in sexual conduct for hire is a crime in Arizona. In other words, prostitution and solicitation are both criminal offenses. However, it’s also illegal to facilitate or make a profit from prostitution. 

Pimping and pandering laws aim to prevent people from facilitating, promoting or making money from prostitution. They’re also designed to prevent people from being forced or coerced into prostitution.

Prostitution itself is usually a Class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona. Pimping and pandering are felony-level criminal offenses. They carry much harsher prison sentences and financial penalties.

If you’ve been arrested or investigated for pimping or pandering in Phoenix, a pimping/pandering attorney can help you fight the charges. Call Orent Law Offices, PLC to schedule a free case review today.

Pimping Laws in Arizona

Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3204, it’s illegal to knowingly take money or anything of value from the earnings of a prostitute.

You can be charged with pimping if you receive money or anything of value from the earnings of a prostitute, assuming you know where the earnings come from. In other words, you don’t have to be actively engaged in running a prostitution ring to be guilty of pimping. 

Pimping is usually a Class 5 felony. It’s also a Class 6 felony to procure someone to have illicit carnal relations with another person under Arizona law.

Pandering Laws in Arizona

Pandering is knowingly coercing or convincing another person to become a prostitute. Pandering is a crime that’s related to pimping, but it can also be charged separately under ARS 13.3209.

Examples of actions that might constitute pandering include:

  • Using another person’s debt to coerce them into prostitution
  • Trying to convince someone to become a prostitute
  • Defrauding someone into becoming a prostitute
  • Placing someone in a house of prostitution with the intent that the person will become a prostitute
  • Causing a spouse to engage in prostitution
  • Operating or maintaining a house of prostitution
  • Transporting a person within Arizona or across state lines to engage in prostitution

Pandering is a Class 5 felony under Arizona state law.

Child Prostitution Laws

Child prostitution is punished extremely harshly under Arizona state law. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3206 makes it a Class 4 felony to take a minor who is 15, 16 or 17 away from their parents or guardians for the purpose of prostitution.

When the child is under the age of 15, the charges are aggravated to Class 2 felony charges.

However, defendants can also be charged with child sex trafficking for causing any child to engage in prostitution. 

Sex trafficking charges can apply under Arizona Revised Statute Section 13-3212 for:

  • Receiving any benefit from procuring a minor for prostitution
  • Receiving any benefit pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of child prostitution
  • Enticing or providing a minor with the intent or knowledge that the minor will engage in prostitution or sexually explicit performance
  • Providing the means for a minor to engage in prostitution

Child sex trafficking is a serious Class 2 felony. You can also be charged with child sex trafficking for engaging in prostitution with a minor. If the child was under the age of 15, you can be charged with prostitution even if you had no way of knowing for certain that the prostitute was a minor.

What are the Penalties for Pimping/Pandering in Phoenix, Arizona? 

Pimping and pandering are sex crimes charges under Arizona law. Absent aggravating factors, these crimes are typically Class 5 felonies. Conviction carries a potential prison sentence between six months and two years and a half years.

You could also be required to register as a sex offender under Arizona law. Sex offender registration requires convicted sex criminals to register with local authorities. In addition to jail time, you could face restrictions on where you’re permitted to live and work–and you’ll have to continue providing information about your offense for years to come.

Under federal law, state authorities will be required to notify schools, public housing authorities, and other entities about the presence of a sex offender in the area.

Penalties for Child Prostitution

Under Arizona law, children are deemed incapable of consenting to sexual acts. Therefore, the charges for causing a minor to engage in prostitution are particularly harsh. 

The possible prison sentence for first offenders will depend on the child’s age, as follows:

  • If the child was under the age of 15, between 13 and 27 years in state prison
  • If the child was 15, 16, or 17, between seven and 21 years in prison

Repeat offenders can face up to 37 years in Arizona prison if the child was under age 15.

If the defendant did not know that the child was 15, 16, or 17 (and reasonably should not have known), the charge is a Class 6 felony that carries a mandatory minimum of 90 days in jail.

Generally speaking, conviction for child sex trafficking will carry a mandatory minium prision sentence. That means you can be imprisoned for years without the possibility of parole.

If you’re facing any type of child prostitution charge, it’s crucial to speak with an experienced defense attorney immediately. At Orent Law Offices, PLC, we’re experienced in handling cases involving all types of sex crimes, including child pornography, rape, statutory rape and other related offenses. Don’t hesitate to get legal advice–reach out to our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation today.

What Defenses Can Be Raised if I’m Accused of Pimping or Pandering? 

With a strong defense, it may be possible to mitigate the impact of your arrest. An arrest doesn’t always mean that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Our sex crimes defense lawyers at Orent Law Offices, PLC have been helping clients like you beat the charges against them for more than 34 years. We’ll explore every alternative to build the strong defense you need.

Potential defense charges in a pimping/pandering case might include:

  • Lack of intent to encourage someone to participate in prosecution
  • Lack of knowledge about the source of money or property you received from a prostitute
  • Police obtained evidence in your case illegally
  • Law enforcement or prosecutors violated your constitutional rights so that evidence should be thrown out
  • False accusations
  • Mistaken identity 
  • The prosecution lacks the evidence to support the charges

Defending yourself is the only way to avoid a felony conviction. If you’re charged with pimping/pandering or a related sex offense, call an experienced defense lawyer right away. Our legal team can help you understand your legal rights and give you an idea of the possible consequences you could be facing. As always, your initial consultation is completely free of charge.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Phoenix Pimping/Pandering Lawyer

Pimping and pandering laws prevent others from benefiting financially from prostitution. These crimes are serious felonies and must be taken seriously. If you were accused of pimping or pandering, contact Orent Law Offices, PLC today. An experienced Phoenix pimping/pandering lawyer can help you fight the charges and protect your freedom.

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