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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41 Questions Answered

Q. I need to take care of a 14 year old traffic for driving on suspended license what's my options
A: Contact the court to see if there is a warrant for your arrest. If so, find out what the amount of the bond is. You would normally then have to go to the police department, but sometimes directly to the court, to turn yourself in on the warrant and post the bond, and get the charge set for a Pre-trial. Make sure that all the issues that are or were keeping you from having a valid license are taken care of, if possible. It is a very good idea to have an attorney helping you with this type of situation. For one thing, what happens on that case may affect your driving privileges now, all these years later. An attorney who handles a lot of traffic cases and driver's license issues will be able to look at your driving record and make good predictions as to your options and the consequences to your license as a result of the various options, and might be able to get the charges dismissed or modified so as not to affect your driving privileges. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. Is there a limit to how long to the police have to give me a drug test once they stop me?
A: No, there is not a time limit. Any delay can be considered in determining the reliability of the results, but probably not their admissibility. If you don't have an attorney to help you with this situation, get one. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I received a running red light ticket but the name on the ticket is not mine it's the owner of the vehicles do i pay it
A: You need to contact the police department that issued the ticket, and ask them to dismiss the ticket and re-write it in your name. If you just pay it, the other person will get points on their record that they don't deserve. In being honest about it, you may actually help yourself by getting the police or prosecutor to give you some kind of a break. Do the right thing. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. Are there extra penalties for a DUI if there are kids in the car?
A: Yes! If you have a previous drinking and driving conviction, you can be charged with Felony Child Endangerment, and can have your license taken away for one to five years. If you don't have a previous drinking and driving conviction, it is usually going to be more points than what you would normally end up with, and your license would be suspended, in the best scenario, for three months and then be on a restricted license for three months. Get an attorney's help! Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I was in a car accident. The ticket states that I left the scene. I gave all my information to the other party.
A: Leaving the scene of an accident is a 6 point violation, which is as big as they get. It is also a criminal offense that could conceivably put you in jail for three months, although that is not likely. My point is, it's a serious charge, and you should get an attorney who regularly practices traffic law to assist you, and do so as soon as possible. An attorney can present your situation in the most favorable light. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. How long will a DUI stay on my record if I comply with officials and do everything they say?
A: The conviction will stay on your driving record and your criminal history record for the rest of your life. The points will stay on your driving record for two years with the Secretary of State, but the insurance company will rate you higher for three years. The legal significance of the conviction changes after seven years, but it never goes away for getting old, and it cannot be expunged. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I just received a speeding ticket and the officer wrote I was doing 80 in a 55 zone, but the zone was 70.
A: The rights I assume you refer to are the Miranda Warnings. Those do not apply for two reasons: You were not in custody, and a speeding ticket is not a criminal charge, it is a Civil Infraction. If the area had a 70 MPH speed limit, then that is a significant issue, because that makes a difference in the number of points you would get if you are found responsible or plead responsible. Depending on where this took place, you may want to request an Informal Hearing, or hire an attorney and have it scheduled for a Formal Hearing. There should be instructions on the ticket for how to request an Informal Hearing. An experienced traffic attorney will know how to request a Formal Hearing. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I left the bar last night, don't remember leaving. Drove home. Cops showed up at door and impounded my car from driveway
A: Sounds like you're going to get a ticket for leaving the scene of a property damage accident. That's a criminal misdemeanor, that carries up to ninety days in jail. Find an attorney in your area who practices primarily traffic and drunk driving defense. Although this presumably won't be charged as a drunk driving case, an attorney familiar with those issues will be best able to help you. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. Car hit me, I had no license plus prior DUI over 10 years ago does it count as second offense and I blew over 10%.
A: If you only have one previous conviction for a drinking and driving offense, and it is over seven years before the new one, then it is not a Second Offense for charging purposes. The older one can still be considered by the court in setting bond conditions, and in sentencing if you get convicted on the new one. If you have two or more prior convictions, anytime in your lifetime, then this one could be charged as an OWI Third, which is a felony. Get an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to help you with this right away! Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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5944 Dacosta Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Telephone: (313) 565-9289