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Frank B. Ford

Frank B. Ford

Frank B. Ford Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • Michigan
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Biography

I have been a prosecutor for Dearborn Heights, Troy, and Southfield, so I have seen the Drunk Driving law from both sides. My office is in a quiet area of Dearborn Heights, but I travel to all the courts in Wayne County (such as Westland, Livonia, and Plymouth / Canton, in addition to Dearborn and Dearborn Heights), Oakland County, and Macomb County, and often beyond that. Drunk Driving defense, which in Michigan is technically "Operating While Intoxicated" (OWI), but is commonly called DUI or DWI, is the primary part of my law practice. I also handle Driver's License Restoration hearings at the Secretary of State Administrative Hearings Office in Livonia (often called DLAD), for drivers who have lost their driving privileges but have addressed any alcohol issues and are ready to get back on the road, and I handle Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLS / R / D) charges for those who have not yet reinstated their license. I also handle Traffic Tickets such as Speeding.

Education
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. | Law
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University of Connecticut
M.F.A. | Playwriting
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Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. | Drama
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Professional Experience
Sole Practitioner
Frank B. Ford Attorney and Counselor at Law
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Assistant Prosecutor (Temporary Position)
City of Southfield
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Assistant Prosecutor (Temporary Position)
City of Southfield
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Assistant City Attorney and Prosecutor
City of Troy
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Assistant City Attorney and Prosecutor
City of Dearborn Heights
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Associate
Four person firm in Dearborn Heights
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Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar  # 27688
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Member
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Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County
Member and Past President
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
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Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I have various fee arrangements, depending on the circumstances. Most matters are handled on a flat fee or package basis, and some are handled on an hourly basis. I offer payment plans in many cases. I will discuss specific fees with you over the phone when you call.
Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
Additional Practice Area
  • Driver's License Restoration
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. The citation has my husband's info and he wasnt even with me when I got pulled over. Can I get this dismissed?
A: The ticket can be dismissed in your husband's name and rewritten in your name. Your husband could go to court for a Hearing without you and ask the officer if he was who the officer stopped. Of course, the officer may not remember and say yes, anyway. If it is rewritten in your name, if handled correctly, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to get a reduced plea to an infraction that won't go onto your driving record. You may want to get the help of an experienced traffic attorney with this situation. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I have a 3rd dui, will I do some jail time, during the Corona virus
A: IF you are convicted of an OWI 3rd, there is a mandatory 30 days jail, and it can be up to 5 years. Without knowing more, it is impossible to say if you will actually be convicted of that. If you are convicted of OWI 3rd, the Judge may not make you serve it right away, given the pandemic. Even if you are convicted of the third, you might be able to serve the time on weekends or work release. This is a serious situation you are facing, and retaining an experienced drunk driving defense attorney, and doing it as soon as possible, is critical. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. Do I get points for a ticket marked as a civil infraction and a warning?
A: Since the ticket is marked as both a Civil Infraction and a Warning, you should assume it is a violation, and not just a Warning. It is rather confusing when an officer marks both boxes on a ticket. You can call the court to see if they have received the ticket, and if so, ask for a Hearing. If you don't intend to get an attorney's help, ask for an Informal Hearing. Or, be safe, and discuss the ticket with an attorney in the area who handles traffic tickets, and get their help. Don't just assume it is only a Warning. Be sure you do something about this within the period of time stated on the ticket. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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5944 Dacosta Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Telephone: (313) 565-9289