Pimping and human trafficking are sometimes closely related in situations where a person is supporting themselves financially from another's acts of prostitution. While living with a prostitute isn't a crime, criminal charges can result when the funds they receive in exchange for sexual acts support others. Late last month, a man was arrested in Colorado on pimping charges shortly after being taken into custody for a domestic violence matter. Violations of Colorado's pimping laws are complex and specific, making representation a must if facing an allegation in Lakewood, Arvada, or Golden. Below we discuss the elements of pimping in Colorado, as well as how we represent those caught up in prostitution crimes.
What is Pimping in Jefferson County?
Colorado's prostitution laws prohibit certain use of the funds gained through sex trade. C.R.S. 18-7-206 defines the specific violations of pimping in Colorado. You commit this serious crime in Golden, Arvada, or Lakewood if you:
- knowingly live on or are supported entirely or partially by,
- money or things of value,
- earned, received, procured, or realized,
- by another person's prostitution
It is important to note that intimidating or threatening someone to commit prostitution isn't an act of pimping. These behaviors are pandering in Colorado. This crime often comes alongside a pimping charge as it also applies to arranging a situation for someone to practice prostitution.
Consequences of Pimping in Colorado
Acts of pimping in Colorado come with particularly devastating consequences. This offense is a class 3 felony. Conviction can result in:
- 4 – 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- a maximum fine of $750,000
However, penalties amplify significantly if the situation involves a minor under the age of 18. Pimping of a child includes the requirement to register as a sex offender, along with especially lengthy periods of incarceration.
Colorado Defense Attorney for Pimping and Human Trafficking Charges
Just because you've been charged with pimping doesn't mean you're guilty. This charge can leave a defendant feeling both overwhelmed and frightened by the potential ramifications of conviction. It is crucial that anyone facing pimping allegations exercise their right to remain silent and speak with an experienced prostitution attorney. Perhaps you never received any funds or items of value from a prostitute or you had no clue the money came from prostitution. Nonetheless, contact our attorneys for a free consultation. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for those facing prostitution crimes throughout Colorado.
So, if you or someone you know is facing a pimping charge, be smart. Contact the strategic sex crimes attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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