What does it mean to be a pimp in Colorado?
“Pimping” is defined in 18-7-206 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. 18-7-206 C.R.S. provides:
Any person who knowingly lives on or is supported or maintained in whole or in part by money or other thing of value earned, received, procured, or realized by any other person through prostitution commits pimping, which is a class 3 felony.
The difference between pandering and pimping
In Colorado, what we often think of pimping is actually the crime of pandering. As our Colorado criminal defense lawyers know, you commit pandering under 18-7-203 C.R.S. when, in exchange for money or something else of value, you:
- You induce another person by menacing or criminal intimidation to commit prostitution; or
- You knowingly arranging or offering to arrange a situation in which a person may practice prostitution.
The crimes of pimping and pandering are not mutually exclusive and are often charged together.
Penalties for being a Colorado pimp
Consequences of pimping in Colorado can include:
- 4-12 years in prison, and/or
- A fine of $3,000-$750,000.
In addition, if the violation is for 18-7-405 C.R.S. pimping of a child, you will be required to register as a Colorado sex offender.
Defending against Colorado pimping charges
Some of the most common defenses against pimping include (but are not limited to):
- The person you received money from was not a prostitute,
- You didn't receive any money or thing of value from a prostitute, or
- You didn't know the money came from prostitution.
Call us for help…
People who work as prostitutes often do so to support someone they love. Often they don't tell the person. And even if know, sharing your life with a prostitute is not, in itself, a crime.
But Colorado police and prosecutors are often overeager to protect people from the “evils” of prostitution. As a consequence, innocent people sometimes find themselves accused of pimping.
Our Denver sex crimes attorneys understand that being accused of pimping does not make you a bad person. We don't just pop into court to negotiate a quick plea bargain and collect our fee. We do everything we can to preserve your good name and keep you out of prison.
If you or someone you know has been accused in Colorado of pimping, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. We also assist with bail and release at all Colorado jails, including the Fremont County Jail.
Communities we serve include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial and Boulder.
In Denver, our home office is located at:
Colorado Legal Defense Group
4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211