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What You need to Know about Date Rape Drugs

Jim Weick, a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer in Ft Lauderdale, recently explained that date rape drug can be any substance that is used to incapacitate a victim for the purpose of facilitating a sexual battery or rape. There are many date rape drugs that are known to cause sedative or amnesiac effects on a person when slipped into their food or drink without their knowledge.

Most victims have absolutely no recollection of the events that took place after they were administrated the drug. Due to the fact that date rape drugs have no distinguishing taste, odor or color, it is very difficult to make out when it is slipped into something that the intended victim will ultimately consume.

When a person is administered a date rape drug, they become weak and confused and at times even become unconscious. During this time if a sexual assault were to take place, the victim would have no recollection of it. Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine are the three most commonly used date rape drugs today. These drugs are also called club drugs are they are very often used at discotheques, clubs, raves, and music concerts.

Undermining the Senses

Rohypnol is a pill that can be dissolved in liquids and its effects can be felt within half an hour of its consumption. GHB is available as a white powder, a liquid or a pill and takes effect usually within only about 15 minutes according to Sex Crime Attorneys.

Breaking Down the Body’s Ability to Move Properly

The effects of GHB tend to last up to 4 hours. GHB is a very potent drug and a small amount is enough to incapacitate someone. Among the three, Ketamine is the one that acts the fastest. It is available as a white powder and a pill and can cause memory loss. When a victim is drugged with ketmaine, they may be aware of what is happening to them, but may be unable to do anything about it, as it leads to impaired motor functions.

Ft. Lauderdale Sex Crime Lawyer Jim Weick was the lead Trial Lawyer for the Broward County State Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Unit in the late 1990s.  He offers free case evaluation and consultation 5 days a week. in Broward and Broward County.

Major Criminal Lawyers or Sex Crime Attorneys defending a charge of date rape must do much more than simply trying to prove that the defendant was unaware of the illegal or controlled nature of the drug. For more information contact our Criminal Defense Law Firm.