DFC 2: Drug Facilitated Crime: The Role of Alcohol

Course Description:

Ethanol is the most common drug used to facilitate crime (particularly sexual assault) and poses several challenges to both victims and investigators. Victims commonly consume it voluntarily, it can be administered in social environments without suspicion, it impedes memory, and victims are often hesitant to report crimes that occurred while they were intoxicated.

This course focuses on the role of alcohol in drug facilitated crime (DFC) and provides strategies to improve investigation of these incidents. Topics include investigative challenges unique to ethanol, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of ethanol, symptomatology expectations, Widmark calculations, and black outs versus pass outs.

Recommended Learners:
DFC alcohol
Dr. Marc LeBeau

Dr. Marc LeBeau

Marc A. LeBeau, PhD, is a Senior Forensic Scientist of the Scientific Analysis Section at the FBI Laboratory. Dr. LeBeau holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University (1988) and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (1990). In 2005, he received his Doctorate in Toxicology from the University of Maryland – Baltimore. See full bio. 
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