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Date rape defenses exist: Here's what you should know

Date rape drugs are specific drugs used to assist a person in sexual assault. Sexual assault charges can be filed any time a person is involved in any kind of sexual activity he or she doesn't agree to. Some of the most common date rape drugs include rohypnol, gamma hydroxybutyric acid and ketamine.

These drugs are referred to as club drugs, because they're most commonly used at dance clubs or raves, but they can be used anywhere. To be accused of using these drugs in a date rape, you don't actually have to be dating the victim, and a rape doesn't necessarily have to take place. That's why many experts prefer to call these situations drug-facilitated sexual assaults.

If you've been accused of drugging someone, there are a few things you should know. For instance, GHB usually takes effect within 15 minutes, so if you've only recently started to talk to someone in the last five, it would be unlikely that you could have been the person who slipped him or her the drug. Rohypnol takes around 30 minutes to kick in, and the effects last for hours. Ketamine, on the other hand, is incredibly fast-acting and can cause memory loss or distorted perceptions of sight and sound.

GHB and ketamine are both legal drugs when given by prescription, so you shouldn't be accused of a date rape for simply having them in your possession. Rohypnol is not legal, but it is legal in Mexico, where it is used to assist anesthesia and helps people with sleep problems like insomnia. Your attorney can provide more information about your charges, possible penalties and defense options.

Source: Womens Health, "Date rape drugs fact sheet," accessed Dec. 28, 2016

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