Frank B. Ford

Frank B. Ford

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

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
Additional Practice Area
  • Driver's License Restoration
  • 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.
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Sole Practitioner
Frank B. Ford Attorney and Counselor at Law
- Current
Assistant Prosecutor (Temporary Position)
City of Southfield
Assistant Prosecutor (Temporary Position)
City of Southfield
Assistant City Attorney and Prosecutor
City of Troy
Assistant City Attorney and Prosecutor
City of Dearborn Heights
Four person firm in Dearborn Heights
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. | Law
University of Connecticut
M.F.A. | Playwriting
Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. | Drama
Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar # 27688
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County
Member and Past President
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27 Questions Answered

Q. Im facing a OWI charge and I have CDL-A I was inside my personal car I have no record i want to keep cdla
A: I'm not quite sure what your question is, but I can tell you that if you receive a conviction for a drinking and driving offense, you will lose your CDL for a year. Your best route is to get an attorney who handles OWI charges as the main part of their practice, and let the attorney see what can be done to try to save your CDL. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. How long does a first time DUI stay on your record?
A: Once a drinking and driving conviction goes on your driving record, it stays there permanently. They never get so old that they drop off. They used to, but not anymore.
Q. I got pulled over last night and went to jail for driving on suspended, I have a valid Florida drivers license
A: Florida can't give you driving privileges in Michigan if Michigan says you can't drive in Michigan. You need to try to fix whatever is keeping you from having a valid Michigan license. Besides, you probably will not be able to renew the Florida license without clearing your Michigan driving record. States now check the National Driver Registry, which they didn't do so much in the past. Get a Michigan attorney in the area where you got arrested, who handles a lot of driver's license problems, to help you navigate this situation. The attorney may be able to get a very advantageous resolution of this, provided it is handled correctly. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. What is the likely outcome on a 3rd driving on suspended license?
A: He may be facing some jail time for this, and could get his parole (or is it probation?) revoked and have jail or prison time for the violation. He needs to get an experienced traffic/DUI attorney in that area immediately. If he has done any jail time on the previous Driving While Suspended cases, he very well may get more time for this new one than he got before on the previous ones.
Q. got pulled over they got me for driving with no lisence andimproper plates my first time getting in trouble what do i do
A: First: Consult with an attorney who handles traffic matters in your area. Second, depending on what the attorney you have consulted with advises: Get a driver's license, or at least a permit. Third, again, depending on what the attorney you have consulted with advises: Get the vehicle properly registered. Do all this before the time of a Pre-trial. At your Arraignment, plead Not Guilty, or your attorney may be able to enter a Not Guilty plea for you and you would not have to go to court until your Pre-trial. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I had 2 dui 6 months apart 11 years ago what do i need to do to get my license back in michigan
A: To get your license back you will have to go through a demanding process. You must have long term abstinence from alcohol, and a commitment to lifetime abstinence. That means no drinking or illicit drugs, whatsoever. You must have letters of support from your friends and family that must include certain topics, you must have a professional substance abuse evaluation, do a ten panel urine test for substances, complete the Form SOS 257, and testify at a hearing. There are instructions on the Secretary of State's website, but they do not tell the whole story. It is very risky to try to do this on your own. You should locate an attorney in your area who has extensive experience in license restoration cases. If you fail, in most cases you will have to wait a year to try again. If you are successful (assuming that you are Michigan resident), you will be given a restricted license, with a requirement of having a breath interlock in any vehicle you drive, for at least a year, before you have another hearing to try to get back a full license. Don't look for an attorney based only on price. No attorney can guarantee success, but an attorney who is experienced in preparing and presenting these matters at the Administrative Hearings Section makes it far more likely that you'll get the license, if you meet the Secretary of State's criteria. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I never registered my car this year do to I have no job and struggling, I was pulled over by a officer and got citation.
A: What they have probably scheduled a court date for is a Pre-trial, where you will meet with the prosecuting attorney for the jurisdiction that issued the ticket. You can tell the prosecutor your situation, and they might be willing to give you more time to get the vehicle registered, by either scheduling another Pre-trial, or scheduling it for trial. This could buy you some more time. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I've just received notice to contact a court for a ticket I paid years ago. What do I do?
A: Call the court tomorrow and ask them what this is about. I hope you have proof of payment from back at the time. Sometimes courts do make mistakes, and they can misfile things. Be very clear that you paid it. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. My son is doing a 8 month stint in st clair county Jail for a DUI conviction the Judge agreed to allow him work release
A: It depends on his driving record. If his license is revoked, which would be the case if he has had two convictions for drinking and driving in a seven year period, then his only options are: (1) to be in a sobriety court program, which it sounds like is out of the question, since he's been given eight months in jail, or (2) to have a hearing at the Secretary of State Administrative Hearings Section, which has very strict standards for granting a restricted work license, which I'm guessing he would not be able to meet, since this is apparently a fairly new incident that led to his incarceration. To be sure, an attorney who handles driver's license restorations would have to review his driving record. I, as many attorneys do, will review at no charge a driving record that is faxed to me. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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5944 Dacosta Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Telephone: (313) 565-9289