Driving under the influence is also known as DUI in Florida. Other states will often refer to drinking and driving or drunk driving as DWI. A Jacksonville drunk driving charge is usually a misdemeanor, unless you are charged with Jacksonville DUI with serious bodily injury or manslaughter. Even though it is a misdemeanor crime, it is very serious. Many people plead guilty or no contest to Florida DUI charges without the services of a Jacksonville criminal lawyer. This is usually not a good idea. A Jacksonville criminal defense attorney can help you with a DUI charge. The price of a Jacksonville criminal lawyer is not cheap. Additionally, a Florida driving under the influence conviction is riddled with fees and costs. I always say that a taxi cab is much cheaper than getting a DUI in Duval County.
Jacksonville Florida residents now have another option. A company called BeMyDD offers designated driver services in Duval County. They also have a person that will pick you up and drive your car if you have too much to drink at a local Jacksonville bar or party. This designated driver service gives information on it’s website. It reads:
“BeMyDD is a new twist on a transportation service, and as our slogan says, ‘We Drive Your Car, So You Don’t Have To.’ The business concept was created to offer the elite services of a chauffeur at a discounted rate, by utilizing our customer’s automobiles. We are a better solution than taxis, limousines, and chauffeurs. Schedule your professional driver now.”
I ran the rates for the Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach area today. The price for personal driver service and designated driver service was $15.00 per hour. With regard to the designated driver service, the website states:
“Reserve a personal driver in advance to meet you at your location. Relax in your vehicle while our driver takes you to your destination(s) and then waits with your vehicle while you enjoy your time.When ready, return to your vehicle and allow the driver to safely transport you back to your original location.”
There is also a pick up service for you and your car. The pick up service around Jax Beach cost $25.00 for car pickup plus mileage, $2.95 per mile for the first 10 miles, and $1.50 per mile for each additional miles after 10. The website states:
“If you’ve already driven somewhere and decide for whatever reason you shouldn’t be driving home, BeMyDD’s pickup service is your solution. Give us the responsibility of making sure you and your car get home safely so you can keep enjoying your time. Once you’ve made your decision, make a reservation and a team of two drivers will be dispatched to take you and your car home. One of our personable, highly skilled drivers will drive you home in your car. The second driver will follow in the car the two drivers arrived in so he/she can pick up your driver when you reach your destination.”
The Florida cities that are covered by this designated driver service are Daytona, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Naples, Fort Myers, Tampa Bay, and Port St. Lucie.
Technically the city of Jacksonville covers the downtown area. This includes LaVilla, Brooklyn, Riverside, Avondale, Springfield, Eastside, and San Marco. Jacksonville is in Duval County, Florida. This includes the Northside, Westside, Southside, Arlington and the Jacksonville Beaches. Areas that are commonly referred to as the Jacksonville beaches are Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. I would call BeMyDD before leaving home to make sure that they service the area that you will be going to. The last thing that you want to do is depend on a designated driver and not have one. You may be tempted to drive your car. Then, you could be arrest for Jacksonville driving under the influence of alcohol.
I am unsure if this Florida designated driver service applies to Nassau, Clay, and St. Johns County. The best thing to do is to contact the company directly.
If you are arrested for driving under the influence in Northeast Florida, call a Jacksonville DUI Attorney at (904) 564-2525. A driving under the influence charge is more than just a Jacksonville traffic ticket. Not only do you need to worry about a Florida suspended license, but these are criminal charges that can result in jail time.