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Getting caught with any kind of substance by a police officer can be a problematic thing to deal with for a variety of reasons. In the event that you are caught with special K, also known as horse tranquilizer or ketamine, there are certain things that need to be accounted for, as well as an understanding of what consequences you may have to face. Some questions may be asked, such as whether there are legal protections for such ownership, which we will be covering today.

What do you do if caught with a horse tranquilizer?

One reason that ketamine is such a concern for so many, besides the fact that it is a relatively hard drug, it is also all too commonly used in order to incapacitate someone, usually a young woman, alongside other drugs such as gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and Flunitrazepam. When ketamine is consumed by a victim, they will blackout and experience some form of amnesia. It is a difficult drug to detect before it is too late, as the drug moves so quickly through the system. Use of the drug is in no way advised, whether it be for self-use or if it is used on another person, as not only can it induce amnesia and blackouts, but it can also even cause death if a certain amount of it is used.

If one is caught in possession of ketamine by a police officer, it is likely that this will be taken quite seriously. After all, possession of a controlled dangerous drug, which includes ketamine, is a serious crime. For instance, in the state of New York, possessing 1000-3999 milligrams of ketamine is a Class D felony, and possession of any more than that will see you slapped with a Class C felony possession charge. Other states may do it completely differently; after all, the number of drug offense laws is determined on the state level, so one state may be far more lenient than another. Before you are in contact with an attorney over this, you absolutely should make sure that you remain calm in the presence of the officers, as well as say as little as you reasonably can.

An outburst could be used against you in some way and allowing your emotions to get the better of you may result in you saying the wrong thing or saying it the wrong way. You should also remember that the “right to remain silent” is not simply about speaking vocally, but it also applies to written statements. So if the police are trying to pull a fast one on you and get a written statement out of you, either through request or through pressure, remember that you are under no obligation to speak to the police, especially as it pertains to this case. Also ensure that you do not try anything yourself, such as trying to bribe an officer. All that would do is make your case look worse with another charge on top of the first one. Having a lawyer on your side right away makes a world of difference for your case.

It is also important to remember that in such a case, you are not merely trying to get off for the charges you are facing. That might be nice, and sometimes it may be a perfectly reasonable thing to attempt, but often, the best strategy, when faced with this kind of case, is to try to cut your losses the best that you can. Cooperating with the police and prosecutors may be the most ideal way to get the lightest sentence possible.

Sometimes, the best way to win is to concede. However, it is important that you do not just rush into cooperating with the police on anything relating to the charges being filed against you. That’s one thing that needs to be understood: the police are not your friends. That is not to say that the police are bad people by any means, but in the grand scheme of things, they are there to uphold the law, and to them, believing a person in possession of such a dangerous drug is, in turn, dangerous themselves, and they will act on that belief. So make sure that you have a capable lawyer on your side in order whom you may consult with throughout and who will know exactly what to say and what not to say during any discussions with the police. A careful balance between cooperation and self-preservation can go a long way for you. A competent lawyer is honestly one of the most useful tools in your arsenal.

In the case that you do receive a drug conviction, there are things that can be done to mitigate the effects of that drug conviction. For example, if you have no prior charges, that could help a defense attorney convince the judge to give a lighter sentence. A good defense attorney would be well capable of demonstrating that their client, due to their lack of a criminal record, will not commit any such crime in the future. However, that is only one-half of it, as a judge is likely going to want to see some degree of contrition in a defendant convicted of possession. If you are seen as someone trying to avoid culpability, the judge may be less inclined to be lenient. So in that case, it may be a good idea to plead guilty in the first place, to maximize the show of contrition. Before making any decision like this, however, consult with your attorney on what may be the best course of action for your case.

If you say too much, it may be, as they say, used against you in a court of law. Another option is to provide evidence to the judge that you are making efforts to deal with drug addiction, which serves as a strong proof of concept to the judge that you feel at least some contrition and a desire to improve your life and turn away from drugs. Mental illnesses may also be an extenuating circumstance to your case, as a defense lawyer can argue that these mental illnesses stunted your judgment and that with proper treatment of these illnesses, you may ultimately become less likely to imbed in such dangerous substances in the future. There are other factors that may come into play with this kind of charge, but these are some of the most common examples. Ultimately, a good attorney will find the best out for you, whether that is a complete acquittal or a reduced sentence.