Deriving Support from the Earnings of a Prostitute (Pimping)

Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272 Section 7, it is a crime to derive support from the earnings of a prostitute. The elements of this crime, which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, are as follows:

  1. Some particular person engaged in prostitution, meaning sex for hire.
  2. The defendant knew that that person engaged in prostitution.
  3. The defendant shared in the earnings from that person's prostitution.

This statute is designed to punish that which is commonly known as pimping. This crime is a felony, and it is much more serious than the crime of prostitution.


This offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years, which cannot be reduced to less than 2 years or suspended. If convicted of this crime, then one will not be eligible for parole, probation or furlough until 2 years is served. Prosecutions for deriving support from the earnings of a prostitute cannot be continued without a finding. The statute does not provide for a house of correction sentence, but a state prison sentence is not required and District Court sentences have to be to the house of correction. It is likely that the statute refers only to state prison because the legislature was using shorthand for a felony.

Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer

Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is a Massachusetts defense attorney who has defended numerous clients who have been accused of deriving support from the earnings of a prostitute over the course of more than 30 years. Especially when facing such a severe potential penalty, it is necessary to consult with one of the best criminal lawyers that Massachusetts has to offer. Attorney Wheeler is well known as such. Do not hesitate to call him for confidential and expert advice.

Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973 5858

The Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr., which serves clients all over Massachusetts, is located in downtown Boston and reachable at (617) 973 5858 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week) or by e-mail. If you have been charged with deriving support from the earnings of a prostitute (pimping) or any other crime, speak with Attorney Wheeler. He will listen attentively to the facts of your situation and provide you with thoughtful and intelligent advice. Should you choose to retain him, you will have the best representation possible. Attorney Wheeler's aggressive attitude and superior talent will help you tremendously in fighting your charge.