A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is sponsoring legislation that would allow for more stringent punishments for sex crimes that involve the use of date rape drugs.
A coalition of lawmakers has introduced two new bills in the California Assembly. The two bills SB 333 and 846 would enhance prosecutorial powers to file felony charges against persons who are accused of crimes that involve possession of illegal date rape drugs. Drugs like GHB that are commonly referred to as date rape drugs, would be included in the bill.
Currently, California Proposition 47 has guidelines that impose the very bare minimal punishment, for such crimes. However, if this piece of legislation is passed by the California Legislature, it would come on the ballot in the next statewide election, and voters would be able to indicate their preference.
Under the proposed bill, a person who is found in possession of these illegal date rape drugs would immediately be eligible for prosecution. According to the sponsors, a person who is in possession of these drugs likely intends to use them to commit a sex crime or sexual assault. If the law is passed, then you can immediately be charged with a crime if you are found with these drugs in your possession.
Charges involving sex crimes are very serious, and often come with stringent penalties attached. Prosecutors aggressively prosecute these crimes, and have two goals in mind-quick convictions, and stringent sentencing. Besides, there are the other repercussions that follow after a sex crime conviction -loss of reputation, problems with finding a job, federal sex offender registration and other penalties. If you have been charged with a sex crime, do not delay. Discuss your legal options for defense with a San Jose criminal defense attorney.