Thank you for the opportunity to assist you. I am a XXXXX XXXXXcensed criminal defense attorney. 18.2-357 is one of the "pimping" statutes. The Commonwealth claims that you were sharing in the proceeds of prostitution. Do you wish to share additional facts about the allegations against you?
To find a person guilty of 18.2-357, the Commonwealth has to prove that the defendant accepted part of the earnings a prostitute obtained when he or she engaged in sex and was paid. You read this section in conjunction with 18.2-356, aka the "pandering" statute. This is where a person is paid to arrange for a prostitute to have sex with a third party.
This chat and the site in general is not confidential at all. Although I am an attorney, you are not a "client" in the sense that we have a confidential relationship. I'm sorry. I cannot see your name, where you're from, etc., if that helps at all.
If you wish to continue, why don't you describe what the cops claim you did.
Or, if you'd like, I can go over some general things related to the statute, what to expect in court, etc.
Gotcha. Pandering and pimping are different. Pandering happens beforehand. If I am a bellhop at a hotel, and I arrange for a guest to have a prostitute visit his room, and the guest pays me to "hook him up", that's pandering.
Pimping is after the fact. That's where a prostitute has sex, gets paid, and then shares some or all of her earnings with the "pimp."
What you've described sounds more like conspiracy, since no money ever changed hands.
Conspiracy is an agreement to commit and crime, and it doesn't matter whether the actual crime was ever committed.
There's no requirement for a writing to prove conspiracy, but yes, texts would suffice if it can be shown from whom and to whom the texts were sent.
Yup. Not good.
Pimping (which is 18.2-357) requires money to change hands between the prostitute and the pimp. So, if the texts essentially say "sure let's split your earnings" but it cannot be proven any money changed hands, it's a no go.
I don't know that anyone 'specializes" in pimping. A solid criminal defense attorney is who you need.
I can't refer a specific person or firm, I'm sorry. That's against site policy. The only referral I can make is to the Virginia State Bar attorney referral service.
Absolutely. The first step is to retain an attorney and talk out the case. Decide if a trial or plea is the best way to go. If your friend has a clean record, perhaps a reduction to a misdemeanor, or a dismissal in exchange for community service, probation, etc., would be possible. It all depends on the prosecutor, the jurisdiction, the evidence, etc.
I've only had "garden variety" prostitution cases. Sometimes I've represented the prostitutues, sometimes the "Johns."
I'm not sure I've ever known of a pimping or pandering case where I practice.
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