Personal Relationships & the Law

DATE RATE DRUGS POSSESSION AND SYMPTOMS: Lesson 3

Criminal Penalties for Possession of Date Rape Drugs

  • The drugs commonly used for date rape purposes are illegal under federal law and state laws.
  • Date rape drugs are illegal in every state, and illegal under federal laws, too.
  • Under federal law, a person can get up to 3 years in prison, and at least a $5000 fine, or both, just for possession of a date rape drug.
  • Under federal law, a person can get 10 years to life in prison for trying to sell a date rape drug (it starts at 20 years if a victim is seriously injured) and a fine of up to $4,000,000 or both.
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