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Pandering Charges in Arizona

Pandering is a serious felony charge in Arizona that falls under the state’s broader laws against prostitution. If you have been accused or charged with the crime of pandering, seek the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Phoenix right away. An attorney at Snader Law Group can review your case and immediately step in to protect your legal rights.

What Are Pandering Charges?

The crime of pandering is defined in Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3209. This law states that a person is guilty of a class 5 felony if he or she knowingly engages in any of the following acts:

  • Places any person in the charge or custody of any other person for purposes of prostitution.
  • Places any person in a house of prostitution with the intent that such person become a prostitute or engage in an act of prostitution.
  • Compels, induces or encourages any person to reside with that person, or with any other person, for the purpose of prostitution.
  • Compels, induces or encourages any person to become a prostitute or engage in an act of prostitution.

Any act that involves convincing or coercing another person to engage in sexual activities for pay can constitute pandering under state law. This includes defrauding, threatening, intimidating, blackmailing or forcing someone into prostitution.

What Must Be Proven in a Pandering Case?

The prosecutor must prove the elements of a pandering case as true beyond a reasonable doubt for a defendant to be convicted (found guilty). While the exact legal elements that must be proven can vary based on the jurisdiction, in general, the prosecution must show that the defendant knowingly and intentionally compelled, enticed or induced another person to engage in an act of prostitution.

What Are the Penalties for a Pandering Conviction in Arizona?

If an individual is convicted or found guilty of the crime of pandering in Arizona, he or she could receive a sentence that includes the following penalties:

  • A prison term ranging from 6 months to 2.5 years (or longer for repeat offenders)
  • A fine of up to $150,000, plus additional fees, surcharges and victim restitution
  • Mandatory probation or rehabilitation programs
  • The loss of certain constitutional rights as a convicted felon

The precise criminal sentence will depend on factors such as the nature and severity of the crime and the defendant’s criminal history.

What Are Potential Defenses Against Pandering Charges?

If you are accused of pandering in Arizona, it is critical to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to start building a defense on your behalf. A lawyer from Snader Law Group can tailor a defense to your specific charges and circumstances. Defense options may include:

  • False accusation
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Lack of intent to commit the crime
  • Coercion or duress
  • Constitutional rights violations
  • Police entrapment

Legal assistance from a qualified criminal defense attorney in Arizona can make a big difference to the outcome of your case and the consequences of this type of arrest on your future. Your attorney will fight hard to reduce or even dismiss the pandering charges against you and minimize the penalties that you face.

How Can an Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?

A lawyer with experience handling pandering cases in Arizona can provide critical assistance by presenting an effective defense on your behalf. You can trust your lawyer to help you by providing sound legal advice, conducting a comprehensive case investigation and crafting a personalized defense strategy based on your situation.  

For more information about a pandering case in Arizona, contact Snader Law Group to arrange a free and confidential consultation.