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Do You Need a Lawyer for Date Rape Drugs in Boston?

Have you been accussed of using date rape drugs or possessing date rape drugs such as Rohypnol (known as “Roofie”), Ketamine and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid)? If you need lawyer and have been accused of date rape or using date rape drugs then contact us today at (617) 880-6155.

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What Are Date Rape Drugs?

So what are “date rape drugs” and how does the law treat someone accused of “spiking” someone else’s drink? Date rape drugs are drugs that can cause disorientation, confusion, unconsciousness, paralysis and amnesia, that can leave people vulnerable to sexual assault and other crimes. Some drugs commonly known as date rape drugs are Rohypnol (known as “Roofie”), Ketamine and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid).

Federal laws related to date rape drugs make even possessing them a serious offense. Rohypnol for example, which can cause sedative effects and amnesia, is a Schedule IV drug, but is punished at the level of a Schedule I drug. Possessing any amount of Rohypnol can result in imprisonment up to 3 years and a fine. The other “date rape” drugs, GHB and Ketamine, are considered extremely serious and harmful and will also be punished very severely, even for possession. Possession of date rape drugs with intent to distribute is an even more serious crime, especially if the person distributing the drug may have had knowledge they were intended to be used to facilitate sexual assault.

In reality, although the law assumes these drugs are only used for nefarious purposes, many people use them recreationally. Ketamine in particular is an increasingly popular drug among young people. Unfortunately, possessing a small quantity of a “date rape” drug may not spare you harsh punishments associated with them. There is an assumption that people are using these drugs to abuse incapacitated people, so your intent may be scrutinized, no matter how much of the substance you possess, or even if you only possessed it for personal use.

Date Rape Drugs And Sexual Assault

Drugging someone for the purposes of sexual assault is an extremely serious crime at the federal and at the state level. In Massachusetts you can be imprisoned in state prison for up to ten years or life for drugged sexual assault. You may receive federal sentencing of up to 20 years and fines.

If you are accused of drugging someone with intent to commit sexual assault, it could be the end of your life as you know it. You could receive significant time in prison and have to register as a sex offender. Even possessing a “date rape drug” for personal use could put you in danger of life-changing consequences, such as imprisonment.

If you have been accused of any crime involving date rape drugs, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced Boston Criminal Defense Attorney immediately. The Attorneys at Dhar Law, LLP will be happy to talk to you at urgent notice if you are accused of drugged sexual assault or possession of date rape drugs. We have decades of experience defending serious crimes in court, such as sexual assault and possession and distribution of controlled substances. We believe in the right to a fair trial and will put the fullest extent of our resources into fighting for our clients. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (617) 880-6155 as soon as possible.

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