Going to jail is no joke. There aren’t many people who want to end up behind bars on any given night, particularly if they are out with friends having a good time. Sadly, this is how many people who end up the Sacramento County drunk tank begin their night.
The drunk tank, affectionately referred to as “F tank”, is a specially designed room for the most intoxicated patrons of the Sacramento County jail. This is where you may end up when you are drunk and arrested for DUI or public intoxication.
While you may spend less than a full night in this place, you won’t likely forget your experience in the F tank. As someone who has visited clients in numerous county lock-ups, I can tell you the smell and appearance of a county drunk tank is unforgettable.
This article from the Sacramento Bee says it all when it explains the F tank contains one toilet with no partitions and is hosed down twice daily. The large cell is 20 by 15 feet and has been known to hold people from every walk of life, referred to as a “great social equalizer.”
Your degree or what kind of car you drive won’t save you from the F tank if you are too intoxicated to mingle with the general jail population. This scene can be extremely humbling and quite frightening. As a matter of fact, it should be enough to scare some people sober.
If you have ever had the privilege of visiting the F tank, you know exactly what I am talking about. However, it is not that different from any other drunk tank in the state of California, a cell that can house a raucous party one minute and a slumber party the next.
Getting arrested for an alcohol related crime may get you a few hours in a facility like this but it can also land you a jail sentence. Having an experienced attorney may increase your chances of staying out of jail.