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A minor traffic infraction leads to charges of pimping

According to a recent report, a routine traffic stop in Northern California resulted in several arrests. One of the cases included allegations of pimping. The report stated that a Honda Accord was stopped for allegedly traveling at an unsafe speed. The vehicle held five occupants. The driver reportedly did not have a license, and one of the passengers was apparently on probation.

A search of the vehicle and its occupants allegedly uncovered drugs, mail stolen from more than two dozen addresses in four cities, stolen medication and alleged evidence of sex crimes.

The 21-year-old male driver and a 36-year-old female passenger were detained by authorities and booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail. Two other passengers were also detained, but the charges were not specified in the available report. The fourth passenger was a woman in her thirties. Officers suggested that she was a victim of the driver's alleged pimping and pandering activities.

The male driver was booked on two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of stolen property. Some of the charges against him include pimping, pandering and aggravated identity theft. Meanwhile, the woman who was taken into custody was charged with identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

A conviction on allegations similar to those levied in this case could result in heavy sanctions. Sentencing might include steep fines and extended prison terms. However, an attorney who is familiar with criminal defense strategies could help those facing such charges seek an acquittal or a reduction in penalties. That attorney may be able to question whether officers had cause to stop or search a vehicle. If the traffic stop or a search of personal property was a violation of a defendant's civil rights, the evidence gathered during that investigation may not be permissible in court, which may weaken a prosecutor's case.

Source: KRON, "Palo Alto traffic stop leads to arrest for pimping," Mario Sevilla, Feb. 4, 2015

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