Gamma Hydroxybutyrate and GHB Charges
Arrested for Possessing or Selling GHB?
GHB is an extremely potent club drug that has enjoyed enhanced popularity. This substance, which is also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate, has the unfortunate distinction of being referred to as a "date rape" drug. If you have been charged with possession GHB or with intent to distribute, you need the services of a defense lawyer. The attorneys at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have the expertise you are seeking. Every attorney on our staff has at least 15 years of experience handling drug cases like GHB and would be happy to put this skill to work for you. The former prosecutors on our defense team are just a telephone call away at 1-877-450-8301 to assist you with your case in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, Ocean County, Hudson County, Essex County, Mercer County or elsewhere in New Jersey.
The street names for GHB include "G", Gamma-OH, Fantasy, Georgia Home Boy, Grevious Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy, Scoop, Water, and Everclear. It is probably most well known as the date rape drug because its colorless and odorless characteristics allows it to be added to drinks without detection. It is a central nervous system depressant traditionally used as an anesthetic. Its active ingredient is Gamma Hydroxybutyrate.
Penalties for Possession With Intent to Distribute GHB
The penalties for distributing, selling or manufacturing gamma hydroxybutyrate are stiff. It is a crime of the second degree for someone to sell, distribute or manufacture GHB. The offense carries a fine of up to $150,000 and prison of 5 to 10 years.
Penalties for Possession of GHB
An individual in possession of gamma hydroxybutyrate ("GHB") is subject to a third degree crime, a fine of up to $100,000, and 0 to 5 years in jail.
If you have been charged with possession or distribution of GHB, you should speak with a lawyer immediately. An attorney from our firm, the Law Offices of John F. Marshall, will make sure you do not make any missteps to compromise your defense to these charges. Gamma hydroxybutyrate has been identified as a date rate drug so NJ courts view this substances very seriously. You therefore need to take definitive action to protect yourself against conviction in Ocean County, Union County, Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Hudson County, Morris County or Essex County. Our attorneys will provide you with the assistance require. One of our lawyers is available immediately at 1-877-450-8301.
Reasons for Abuse
If taken for recreational purposes, GHB can produce effects which include euphoria, enhanced appreciation for music and dancing, increased libido, increased sociability and intoxication. However, GHB has serious side effects including abrupt, intense drowsiness, decreased body temperature, vomiting, slow and deep respiration, temporary amnesia, interference with mobility and verbal coherence, diarrhea, seizures, decreased heart rate, coma, sleep-walking, and death. These conditions take effect within approximately 20-30 minutes after ingesting GHB and are at highest intensity within 2 hours. Many of these side effects can last for up to eight hours. The increasing popularity of raves and all-night clubs have contributed to the widespread use of GHB. Young club-goers are not aware of the effects of the drug and may unintentionally use it at lethal levels.
In addition to the great health dangers associated with GHB and its association as a "date rape" drug, many people that have handled this drug find themselves facing legal repercussions.