Frank B. Ford

Frank B. Ford

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

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
    Suspended License
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
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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
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Member
Current
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Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County
Member and Past President
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
60 Questions Answered

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
Q. speeding ticket for 100 mph in a 70 mph with wrong vehicle year and wrong Vin number
A: In general, errors of the type this officer made will not be enough to get a ticket dismissed, but if there are enough errors, and they are relevant enough, it does throw the officer's observations into doubt. I suggest you retain an attorney who handles a lot of traffic ticket cases in you area and let them handle this for you. What you don't want, is for the ticket to be dismissed, and instead, they charge you with Reckless Driving, which is a criminal offense. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
Q. Can you get arrested for a bench warrant? If you go to pay a long over due fine (5+ years), will they arrest you?
A: He may be taken into custody, probably briefly, to book him on the warrant, which will then clear the warrant and he can pay the fines. He needs to be sure he has enough money with him to pay the fine, the late fees, the reinstatement fee for his driver's license which is probably also going to have to be paid, and the booking fee. I suggest that he calls the court to find out how much money, in total (including booking fees, which will be separate), he will need to clear the whole thing. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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Contact & Map
5944 Dacosta Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Telephone: (313) 565-9289