Pimping is not the most common crime to be charged in Newnan. Usually, a pimping arrest follows a “sting” operation where law enforcement breaks up a prostitution ring. Although uncommon, pimping is a serious charge and requires a tenacious sex crimes attorney. It generally begins as a high and aggravated misdemeanor but can certainly escalate to a felony under proper situations, so retaining a Newnan pimping lawyer fast is absolutely vital.
In general, pimping is punishable as an aggravated misdemeanor. That means that the defendant may be sentenced to pay up to a $5,000 fine and confinement for up to 12 months, or both. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, a defendant convicted of a high and aggravated misdemeanor may earn no more than four days per month earned time allowance.
A person convicted of pimping a person who is at least sixteen, but not eighteen, may be convicted of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for a period of not less than five nor more than twenty years in prison as well as a fine in the range of $2,500 to $10,000. If the conduct involves someone under the age of 16 then the penalty increases to a range of 10 years to 30 years and the maximum fine increases to $100,000.
Furthermore, for a second or subsequent conviction under these circumstances the defendant’s sentence, if convicted, may not be suspended, probated, deferred, or withheld. Meaning that there will be no “twenty to do five” or anything of the sort. Instead, it must be a straight serve sentence like “ten years to serve.” Penalties are harsh for pimping in Newnan, but a dedicated lawyer could fight to minimize the harshest of charges on behalf of the defendant.
In 2017, the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a defendant’s conviction for pimping following a jury trial. In that case, an undercover officer was investigating suspected prostitution activity. During this investigation, the investigator encountered a 16 year old child and he asked her if she was “working.”
Before this conversation was over, the defendant interrupted the conversation and indicated that the child was “his girl.” The defendant asked the officer how much money he had and they were able to agree to an amount. The defendant then informed the undercover officer that for $40 he could have intercourse with “his girl.” At trial there was evidence that the child was in fact 16 years old. Upon being convicted the defendant was subject to the enhanced punishment as listed above.
In this case the defendant can be convicted because he arranged the meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution. Again in 2016 the Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of a defendant convicted of pimping. This defendant was also charged with the offense of trafficking a person for sexual servitude. In this case, a 17-year-old child was used by a man operating a service called “Addicted Pleasure Models.” As part of this, she was instructed to have sex for money and then turn the money over to the defendant. If she did not turn the money over, she was beaten.
At trial, it was determined that the defendant had about five girls under his direction at any time. As part of this operation, the defendant had business cards that were distributed to people soliciting customers for prostitution services.
Again, this defendant could be convicted of pimping under multiple theories. He procured prostitutes, received money from a prostitute, without lawful consideration, knowing it was earned form prostitution, and arranged meetings. A defendant may also be convicted for transporting people for the purpose of prostitution.
As I am sure you have seen, pimping in Newnan is oftentimes accompanied by human trafficking charges, which is why it is so important to have a strong defense and knowledgeable attorney helping you through the process.
If you have been accused of pimping you need to prepare your defense today with a Newnan pimping lawyer. Contact us and schedule an appointment with Ryan so we can begin your defense.
J. Ryan Brown Law, LLC