Pandering Crimes in Nevada
Effective July 1, 2013, the legislature revised NRS 201.300 to provide for tougher penalties for pandering and sex trafficking. That statute expressly provides that the consent of the victim of pandering to an act of prostitution is not a defense to a prosecution. Pandering refers to any person who arranges for prostitution acts between a sex worker and a person who solicits a prostitute. Individuals accused of pandering are often called a madame or a pimp.
Allegations in may of these cases revolve around advertising the availability of sex workers in local periodicals, answering prospective customers’ phone calls, directing the customers to the residences where they worked, and furnishing the residences with the supplies necessary for engaging in prostitution.
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Important defenses exist in these cases. Often the charges are based on nothing more than the accusations from a sex worker with little to no corroboration. An experienced criminal defense attorney can often show that these allegations are fabricated or exaggerated. If you are charged with any type of prostitution crime from engaging in prosecution to soliciting a prostitute, pandering, or sex trafficking in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, call Michael Pariente at (702) 966-5310 to discuss the facts of your case.
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Under NRS 201.200(1), the crime of pandering requires proof of each element beyond all reasonable doubt including:
- a person acts without physical force or the immediate threat of physical force;
- to induce an adult:
- to unlawfully become a prostitute; or
- to continue to engage in prostitution; or
- to enter any place within Nevada in which prostitution is practiced, encouraged or allowed for the purpose of sexual conduct or prostitution
If you are charged with any type of prostitution charge such as pimping or pandering then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. Call Michael Pariente to discuss the charges pending against you today.
Criminal charges for pandering are aggressively prosecuted in the courts throughout Las Vegas and Clark County. Pandering under NRS 201.300 is a category C felony. As provided in NRS 193.130(c), a category C felony is “a felony for which a court shall sentence a convicted person to imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 5 years. In addition to any other penalty, the court may impose a fine of not more than $10,000, unless a greater fine is authorized or required by statute.”
The pandering statute in NRS 201.300 does not apply to the customer of a prostitute (often called the “John”). Furthermore, the crime of pandering is “an inchoate crime of solicitation,” not actual prostitution. See NRS 201.300(l)(a). The more serious penalties for sex trafficking applies if physical force or the immediate threat of physical force is used.
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If you are charged with pandering or any other form of prostitution then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Related offenses can include living with a prostitute under NRS 201.360(l)(e) which makes it a felony to “[l]ive[ ] with … a common prostitute.” Other charges can include living from the earnings of a prostitute under NRS 201.320(1).
Call Michael Pariente to discuss the facts of your cases after an arrest in Las Vegas, Nevada, or a surrounding area throughout Clark County.