Administering drugs to someone else without their knowledge or consent is against the law in Texas. Often, this happens by spiking someone’s drink with the intent to commit sexual assault.
If someone spiked your drink or drugged you in another manner, you should report the incident to the police. The police can gather evidence from you of the offense and present the case for a possible arrest warrant and prosecution. From there, the prosecutor will need to decide if there is enough evidence to file criminal charges. If so, you will likely be a witness in the case.
On the other hand, if you’ve been charged with drugging someone, you are likely facing a very serious situation. In Texas, these are usually felony charges that come with harsh and life-changing consequences if you are convicted. You need help from a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer in San Marcos immediately.
Generally, people face accusations of drugging another person in the context of sexual assault. Administering “date rape” drugs to someone can be a means to more easily assault them. When someone is drugged, they do not have the ability to consent to sexual activity, and any subsequent sexual contact is against the law.
In Texas, aggravated sexual assault involving drugs is a serious crime with severe penalties. The potential penalties for a conviction can include:
Every case is unique, and the specific penalties a defendant may face will depend on the circumstances and the court’s discretion during sentencing.
In many situations, accusations of drugging someone can be challenged. Often, the victim is not sure who spiked their drink at a party or establishment, and it can be difficult to prove who committed an offense. Other false allegations might arise, as well, or the prosecutor may have insufficient evidence of the offense.
Our criminal defense team at Mendoza Law explores every option for a strong defense against serious criminal charges, including those involving drugs and sexual assault. If you are arrested, you want us on your side. Contact us 24/7 to discuss your arrest and how we might help.
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