For many people that are arrested for DUI, this is their first experience ever stepping foot inside of a jail house. Obviously, this is a stressful and downright scary process. The key is to remain calm and do what the police tell you (within reason of course).
The first thing that will happen when you go to jail is you will be booked (aka processed). This is so the police can collect your information, fingerprint you and photograph you. Once the officer has entered your information into the system, he or she will then inform you of your bail amount (if one is set) and will also explain the charge(s) against you.
Next, the officer will provide you with instructions on how to make a phone call from your cell block. If you are charged with DUI, the first thing you should do is call an attorney.
The last stage of the booking process will involve you speaking with a medical professional who will ask you questions concerning your health, if you are pregnant or if you are on any drugs and require withdrawal medications. This information will make its way to your file during court and if you admit to using drugs, the prosecution may be able to use this against you. You will also have a small amount of blood drawn so that they can determine if you have any diseases. This is so they know whether or not you need to be separated from other inmates.
You will then be searched and asked to change into an inmate uniform assuming that you are not going to be let out on bond by someone. And just a note on the attire: you will be given flip-flops to wear as part of your uniform. This makes it harder for you to flee should you try. If you are allowed to keep your socks on, you might consider doing so. Jail cells are kept at cooler temperatures to help keep germs from spreading. Cooler temperatures also helps people ‘keep their cool’ and not get aggravated as easily if it were too warm.