It is a crime to possess prescription drugs in Tennessee without a valid prescription. Carrying your pills “loose” outside of a prescription bottle or pill box can lead to criminal charges. A Simple Possession charge can sometimes be cleared up with proof of a valid, current prescription.
However, if you are caught with pills while driving or admit that you take prescription drugs to a police officer during a traffic stop, you may be charged with DUI.
A valid, current prescription is not a defense to DUI in Tennessee. If you are charged with DUI due to prescription drug use, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights.