Using Ketamine and then driving is a serious crime in the State of California. At the Law Offices of Randy Collins, our drunk driving attorneys have assisted more than 10,000 DUI defendants, many of whom were driving under the influence of drugs. Call 888-250-2865 to obtain a free case evaluation for your DUI offense today.
Ketamine DUI is treated similarly to other forms of DUID or DUI cases in court. Ketamine is a prescription medicine, but it’s often used casually or recreationally as a club drug. If you’re caught under the influence while driving, and without a prescription, a conviction under California Vehicle Code 23152 is imminent. Even with a prescription, defendants can still be convicted due to the impairment caused by Ketamine while driving.
Ketamine DUI is usually filed as a misdemeanor, and those found guilty can face:
- A maximum of six months in jail
- Monetary fines of a minimum of $390
- Probation of 3-5 years
- Driver’s license suspension for up to six months
- California DUI school for a minimum of three months
Felony Charges apply for:
- 4th time Ketamine DUI offenders
- Defendants with a prior felony DUI offense
Quick Facts On Ketamine
- Aliases for Ketamine include Vitamin K, K or Special K
- It is a controlled substance
- The drug was established in 1962, and is used medically as a anesthetic
- Ketamine was often used for soldiers’ treatment during the Vietnam War
- The drug has psychedelic effects on adults, which produce a dazed state of mind
- It’s a popular date rape drug
There are several other drugs that can result in a DUI, including Codeine, Heroin, Crystal Meth, and Ambien. Those on prescription medications are especially susceptible and rarely know that they are not following the law.
The following is a fictional story of a Ketamine DUI arrest that could be used as an example:
Rachel and her friends are at the beach and decide to take Ketamine. They were planning to be there for several hours, but two hours after Rachel took her Ketamine, her father called her and told her to come home immediately as there has been an emergency. Rachel gets in her car and tries to drive 15 miles to her home, but is quickly pulled over for driving under the influence. The police officer does not get a reading on his breathalyzer, but he notes several signs of intoxication. He arrests her for DUI and later draws blood to be sent to a lab and analyzed.
If you are facing Ketamine DUI charges in California, contact our DUI attorneys at 888-250-2865 and a skilled attorney will provide you or your loved one with a free DUI case evaluation. Once you know what your options are, you may be able to stop stressing about your criminal proceedings and get back to focusing on your personal life.