NYC GHB Lawyers
GHB, or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, has become a drug with a rather controversial history since its introduction on the market decades ago.
Also known as “liquid ecstasy,” “G,” “Liquid G,” or “Fantasy,” GHB was originally marketed as a depressant, but is now more commonly used by teens and young adults at clubs and rave parties because of the euphoric and hallucinogenic side effects it tends to bring on. GSB has also become known as a “date rape” drug, as it is a colorless, odorless substance that can be easily slipped into an individual’s food or drink with virtually no detection. Because the drug’s side effects also include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of consciousness or even coma, date rape victims are typically assaulted after being unknowingly given a dose of GSB.
GSB was deemed unsafe and banned in the 1990s by the Food and Drug Administration; ten years later in 2000, it was designated as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Today, it is most commonly manufactured illegally in home laboratories and sold on the streets or on the Internet.
Because of the many dangers associated with GSB, law enforcement aggressively pursues individuals accused of GHB drug crimes. The New York Penal Code separates controlled substance offenses into various groups, and GSB-related charges could range from possession or sale of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia charges, or even a sex-related crime charge.
By definition, possession is the offense of knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance, and the severity of charges is based on the amount of GSB possessed. Possession charges can vary from criminal possession in the seventh degree (misdemeanor) to possession in the fifth or fourth degree (felony).
Because the sale of an illegally controlled substance is much more serious than possession, this charge is generally considered a felony. As with possession, illegal drug sale charges vary in degree, with a Class B felony charge imposed for criminal sales in or near school grounds, a school bus, or a daycare center.
Other charges exist regarding GSB, including charges for possession of drug paraphernalia (such as possession of scales, balances, or vials), crimes in which the drug was used on a child under the age of 18, or use on another individual without his or her consent.
Jail sentences imposed for a GSB-related charge can vary depending on whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, and will also be determined based on an offender’s prior criminal history. If an individual convicted of GSB charges has committed a Class B, C, D, or E felony and has been deemed to have a substance abuse problem, he or she may be eligible for participation in a Drug Treatment Court program.
Any GSB-related drug charge is a serious matter, and legal advice should be sought as soon as possible. If you find yourself facing GSB offenses, contact the Spodek Law Group today for a free consultation with a knowledgeable staff member. Our firm serves many locations throughout New York, including Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Suffolk and Westchester counties.