What is Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)?
Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, is commonly known as a “club drug” or “date rape drug” that can cause loss of consciousness. It is colorless, odorless, and is sometimes placed into the beverages of unknowing victims at parties or clubs by would-be attackers. The penalties for possession or distribution of GHB in New Jersey are severe and can have far reaching consequences.
What is Xyrem?
When used illegally, GHB is classified as a Schedule I drug by the DEA due to its high potential for abuse and the fact that it has no currently accepted medical use in the United States.
However, Xyrem, a brand name prescription drug containing GHB sometimes used to treat sleep disorders, can be legally obtained in the United States with a valid prescription. When used legally, Xyrem is considered a Schedule III drug. If Xyrem is obtained, used, or sold illegally, it is treated as a Schedule I drug.
Penalties for GHB Charges in New Jersey
- Possession of GHB (NJ 2C:35-10.2) – A 3rd Degree Crime
- Fines of up to $100,000
- Up to five years in prison
- Possession of GHB with Intent to Distribute (NJ 2C:35-5.2) – A 2nd Degree Crime
- Fines of up to $150,000
- Up to ten years in prison
Additional important information about GHB charges:
GHB is often used when committing or planning to commit sexual crimes including rape. It is important to remember that if GHB is used to commit a sex crime, you will be charged separately for that crime on top of any charges related to possessing/obtaining GHB.
Distributing GHB to someones with the knowledge that they are likely to use it to commit a sex crime is a separate charge with serious penalties.
Contact Schneider Freiberger Today
If you are facing charges for the manufacture, distribution or possession of GHB in New Jersey, you need an attorney who will work to minimize your penalties and make sure your rights are observed. Contact Schneider Freiberger today to discuss your case.