Date Rape Drugs

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What Are Date Rape Drugs?

Date rape drugs are drugs or substances that are used in order to commit rape or other sexual assault crime. These typically involve prescription drugs or other chemicals that are used to relax or depress the nervous system, causing unconsciousness. Once the victim is unconscious, the offender may then rape or otherwise assault the person. 

Some common date rape drugs include:

How are Date Rape Drugs Obtained and Used?

Date rape drugs can often be obtained legally through a physician, or through over-the-counter sales. However, it is their use as a date rape drug that would make them dangerous or illegal. They can also be obtained through illegal black markets.

Date rape drugs are commonly used by inserting them into the drink of an unsuspecting victim.  The drug will dissolve in the liquid, and the person may consume them unknowingly, and then fall unconscious shortly thereafter. It is called a “date rape” drug, because the act often occurs while the person is out on a date with a person that they know or have recently met.  The drug may be administered in a place like a bar, night club, or dance club, or at the offender or victim’s house. 

What if I Have a Legal Claim Involving a Date Rape Drug?

Date rape cases are often very serious and generally involve a severe intrusion of one’s physical body and physical privacy. This will result in criminal charges if it can be proven that the defendant did in fact administer the date rape drug as an aid to committing date rape or other crimes. 

Such cases often require the input of a medical expert as well as other expert witnesses to determine criminal liability. Punishment for illegal use of date rape drugs can involve criminal fines and a criminal sentence. 

Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Date Rape Drug Case?

Date rape is a serious matter, and the involvement of date rape drugs can make the situation more complex. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need legal assistance with a date rape drug case. Your attorney can explain how the criminal laws in your area might affect the outcome of your case. Also, your lawyer will be able to represent you during trial and can explain your legal options to you. 

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Last Modified: 12-05-2013 02:59 PM PST

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