Can a prescription land you behind bars?

Driving around with a few pills in your car may find you in trouble should a police officer find them. If you find yourself in the middle of a traffic stop, those pills may land you in jail.

Prescription pills filled properly and in the requisite bottle may not result in any trouble. However, if you have loose medication with no proof that they are yours, the consequences under Wisconsin law may prove detrimental. Find out more about what carrying unprescribed medication may wind up looking like.

The type of pill matters

The most damning evidence against you is the type of pill. Possessing certain classes of medication will bring about tougher consequences than others. For instance, a pill like Adderall is an amphetamine and may bring about a fine of up to $5,000 or a year in jail for the first offense. If the pill is a Schedule I or II narcotic, such as an opioid, the fine is double and the jail time triple. If this is not your first time caught with a prescription that is not yours, the fines and jail time will increase accordingly.

Under the influence

When an officer pulls you over for a traffic stop, you may need to go through field sobriety tests, especially if you have prescription pills in your vehicle. The officer may want proof that you are not driving under the influence. If you do not pass, you may face further criminal charges.

Believing a few pills in your car will not amount to much trouble is far from the truth.