Pimping O.C.G.A. 16-6-11
Let a Tough Attorney be Your Legal Advocate in an Atlanta Georgia Pimping Charge
The term “pimping” usually conjures up images of music videos and movies that glorify the “job” of being a pimp. However, the state of Georgia does not glorify being a pimp. It tries to sentence an individual to a severe criminal punishment for pimping.
If you or a loved one is accused of pimping, you should know that it is considered a prostitution-related crime. Prostitution is the act of offering, accepting or engaging in a sex act to for money or anything of value.
According to the criminal statute, pimping is a prostitution-related crime because a pimp is not directly participating in the act of prostitution.
Pimping is the Crime of Facilitating Prostitution According to Georgia Criminal Law
You can be accused of pimping under five circumstances in Atlanta Georgia. These five circumstances include:
- You allegedly offer or agree to negotiate prostitution services for another individual
- You allegedly offer or agree to arrange a meeting between a prostitute and their client
- You allegedly transport or direct another individual to a place you know or should know is a place for prostitution
- You allegedly receive money or something of value from a prostitute and knowing it was acquired from a sex act
- You allegedly counsel, abet, aid or commands another to participate in prostitution
The list above is the same elements a prosecutor will use to try to convict you of pimping. The catch is they have to use evidence to support the listed element you are accused of committing. They have to prove the element of elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
Keeping a Place of Prostitution and Pimping are not Similar Charges in Atlanta Georgia
Pimping is the criminal act of facilitating a sex act between individuals for pay. However, keeping a place of prostitution has nothing to do with facilitating prostitution. Instead, a person is accused of having a place where prostitutes can take their clients to engage in sexual activities.
You can be charged with both crimes if the prosecution believes you committed both crimes. You cannot be charged with keeping a place of prostitution instead of pimping.
Defending Yourself in a Pimping Charge in Atlanta Georgia
You have options to fight your pimping charge. Tell your truthful version of what happened before, during and after the arrest. A defense is vital because it allows you to fight the arson charge. Below are some common defenses to pimping in Atlanta Georgia:
Lack of intent to pimp anyone. You did not have the intent to negotiate a deal for a prostitute or her client. The lack of intent to negates the intent to pimp in Atlanta Georgia.
You did not help another person pimp anyone. You are a complete completely innocent. The defense allows you to prove that you are being accused of a crime you cannot commit.
Insufficient evidence is different than lack of evidence. Insufficient evidence means the state does not have the proper evidence to convict you or a crime. You are trying to get the charges dropped against you.
Mistaken identity is another defense. You are not guilty because someone else caused was actually the pimp. You did not commit the crime. You are being blamed for it. It is a defense that can work. You may have to have witnesses.
The actual innocence defense is that you did not commit the crime at all. You may not an alibi, but you have another way to prove that you are innocent of pimping. You have a reason why you did not commit the crime.
You have an alibi for the time and date when you were allegedly pimping. This means that you cannot be convicted of pimping because you were not at the crime scene.
Lack of evidence is the type of defense that makes the state show their evidence. You claim they do not have the evidence to take the case to court. You challenge the evidence and tell them they have no evidence. If they do not have the evidence, they have to drop the pimping charge against you. They may try to ask you to take a plea deal prior to dropping the charges. However, the goal of the defense is to avoid all criminal liability.
Not all defenses may not fit every case. You may not see the defense that you think you can use. More defenses are available. The defense you choose will be adapted to the facts of the case to help you be victorious.
The Punishment for Pimping in Atlanta Georgia Depends on Many Factors
Anyone convicted of pimping faces a misdemeanor punishment of 12 months in county jail and a fine. The maximum fine is $1,000. Pimping is a felony crime if the alleged prostitute is older than 16 years but younger than 18 years old. This penalty for pimping is five to 20 years in prison.
Georgia Defense Force, LLC is Your Legal Advocate in an Atlanta Georgia Pimping Charge
Take a deep breath and do not panic. Many people suspected of or actually arrested for pimping automatically believe the worst. The worst thing that can happen is spending time behind bars.
This is not the time to panic. We have a defense to present. We have time to negotiate with the prosecutor to get your case dropped or reduced. Contact us regarding your free case evaluation.