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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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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
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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
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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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 Associations
Michigan State Bar # 27688
Member
Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Member
Current
Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County
Member and Past President
Current
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37 Questions Answered

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
Q. I got a ticket for double parking even though I was pulled over for speeding. Is this legal? Can I do anything about it?
A: You got a big break. Pay the ticket for double parking and be happy you won't be getting points. In fact, nothing at all will go on your driving record, so long as you pay the ticket on time. If you contest it, they will probably amend the ticket to charge you with the speeding charge, so leave well enough alone and pay it. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I forgot to get my tag renewed. I got a citation. Can I fight it?
A: Contact the court within the time period stated on the ticket. Tell them you want to have an Informal Hearing, or Pre-trial, depending on how the ticket is written. The ticket should be marked as to if it is a Civil Infraction (CI) or Misdemeanor (Misd). There should be instructions for whichever it is attached to the ticket; follow them. as to how to contest a ticket. Then go to court when you are notified or told to come to court, and explain your situation to the prosecutor or officer or Magistrate, depending on the type of ticket it is. Be sure you take proof that you have gotten the tag renewed. You may have to pay a fine, but you may be able to avoid this going onto your driving record. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. I have a ticket That is 14 yrs old but I did not get it I When to get my drive license
A: I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question. If it is a civil infraction, then it is certainly in default, and you just need to pay it. If it is a misdemeanor, then you will have to appear at court, in which case you will be much better off if you hire an attorney to help you. Is it keeping you from having a valid driver's license? Probably so, in which case, you will have to deal with it before Secretary of State will issue a license. If it is a misdemeanor, there may be an old warrant out for you. Get it taken care of. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. Are sobriety checkpoints legal in Michigan?
A: No, they are not. But a police officer can watch people walk out of a bar, for example, and stop them for some, often, very picky reasons, like not stopping, completely, at the street as they pull out of the driveway.
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5944 Dacosta Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
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Telephone: (313) 565-9289