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Francis J Henninger

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bel Air, MD

4.9   72 reviews

also known as Frank Henninger

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Francis

Learn Francis’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    40%
    By taking action and contacting an experienced DUI lawyer, you can minimize the negative consequences, keep your license, and make sure your rights are protected.

    31 years

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Our firm represents clients on misdemeanor and felony offenses, including theft, drug crimes, assault and traffic matters. Attorney Frank Henninger also defends juvenile offenders on a variety of crimes.

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    25%
    Do not let violations of your rights go uncontested. Even if your traffic ticket seems only a minor inconvenience to you without any major consequences, it is still important to make sure that you were treated fairly by the police and the judiciary.

    31 years

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    An auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence can change your life. Medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment and resulting expenses can leave you and your family in dire economic, physical and emotional ruin.

    17 years

A SMALL TOWN LAW FIRM WITH PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICE. PROMPT, PROFESSIONAL, EXPERIENCED.

Frank Henninger has been a practicing attorney in Harford County and the surrounding area since 1992. During law school, he served as the judicial clerk for the Honorable Alfred L. Brennan of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland. He has worked with thousands of clients in the area of Criminal and DUI/DWI defense.

 

Frank received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association, the National College for DUI Defense, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Harford County Bar Association, and the Fourth Circuit of the United States District Court.

 

He is a certified Field Sobriety Test Administrator. Upon completion of the same training course given to Maryland law enforcement officers for administering the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, he received a score of 100% on the final exam.

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Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2019 2018 2017 + 1 ...

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  72 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kelly | February 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Frank was down-to-earth and easy to speak with. He guided me through the entire process and let me know each step of the way what to expect. He answered each & every question & made sure I thoroughly understood. I highly recommend Frank Henninger.
Posted by Scott | February 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I used Frank for a DUI and VOP case and I was very impressed by his service. He was very honest from the get go and was very professional through the entire process. I would recommend Frank to all my friends and family if necessary and would most definitely use his services again if needed.
Posted by Tim | September 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
2nd DUI in MD
Frank from the initial consult held me accountable for my actions that resulted in the DUI charge. Granted for some people it may have truly been a bad decision and a one time mistake. But, for me Frank really helped me realize that I have a drinking problem. I went through the recommended drug and alcohol course, the victim impact, and got sober. He does not accept all his cases, and I can respect that because he has to believe in the person as well when he looks at the judge and states your plea. Very open and always available for a phone call or an in-person review of your paperwork. Spent hours with me and watched all the police body cam videos. Knew the prosecution and was able to negotiate a lower incarceration time. Which is always a good thing. Frank's pricing was a bit on the mid to high range of DUI lawyers, but I am very happy to have chosen him as my lawyer in this matter.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2023
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A real pro!
Frank Hanninger is a true professional. He prepared me for my case with compassion and diligence, and held me accountable in a caring way. The day of the trial it was clear that everyone in the courtroom knew and respected him. I give Frank my highest recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2022
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Judge said Mr. Frank did an Amazing Job
Mr. Frank has been my lawyer for the past 2 years and I only have positive things to say about him. He is not only a great lawyer, but a great mentor as well. He aimed to help me out from a legal standpoint, as well as in everyday life. I was very nervous about my case, but with Mr. Frank, we had one of the best possible outcomes in court and I was very pleased. Mr. Frank knows what he is doing and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2022
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Professional and knowledgeable lawyer.
We hired Mr. Henninger to help us navigate through the legal process of dealing with my son’s 4 charges. He was awesome! Mr. Henninger carefully listened to the situation and was able to provide specific suggestions on what needed to be done to get a good outcome. He was very responsive and available when we needed him. He has a good relationship with the key individuals in the Harford County judiciary system. He was able to reduce the charges to 1 offense. We are very pleased with the outcome and would recommend him to anyone looking for a knowledge lawyer. He genuinely cares about his clients and will do an excellent job to get the best outcome for your situation. We are so thankful for Mr Henninger’s professional legal services.
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Posted by Jay | November 29, 2021
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DUI Charge
Frank was absolutely fantastic. He advised me on exactly what to do to mitigate, and was able to secure the best possible outcome for my case in court. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor, making you feel comfortable and confident during the process. I highly recommend Frank Henninger!
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2021
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Rockstar Lawyer
Frank is a rockstar! He is always available for any questions or concerns you might have. He treats you and takes care of you like a true professional. This experience was a nightmare to go thru but Frank makes sure you feel confident and reassured that he will get the best outcome for you in your situation.
Posted by Joe | December 1, 2020
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Has it down!
Frank knew exactly how to assist with my case and how to get me to assist myself! He made it a smooth process and helped remove much angst!
Posted by Anthony | November 29, 2019
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The outcome I wanted!
I have never used an attorney before and I am glad I found Mr. Henninger for my first experience. He removed all the stress for me during the process and set realistic expectations. In the end I received the judgment I desired! No fine for my traffic ticket.
Posted by Dan | November 21, 2019
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A pleasure to work with
Was accused of a crime I did not commit and someone recommended hiring Mr. Henninger. Best decision I could’ve made, he went above and beyond, very upfront and very professional. I recommend to anyone, just a pleasure to work with
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2019
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Our son’s DUI case
I would highly recommend Frank Henninger, he helped our son through a very difficult time. Our son had a DUI and was at a very low point in his life. Frank worked with our son while he was in rehab trying to get his life together, but also worked with us as a family with his client’s(our son) confidentially always in tact. We found Frank to be very professional, knowledgeable and very honest about the possible outcome, prepared us for the worst but got us the best possible outcome we could ask for. We never felt judged by Frank and he always had our son’s best interest at heart.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2019
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MVA Case
Mr. Henninger was knowledgeable and experienced as my lawyer for a MVA case. His research was detailed and precise. He communicated the information to me in a very clear and understanding manner. I am thankful for the successful results because the charges were dropped.
Posted by Chris | July 26, 2019
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Client
Working with Frank gave me a peace of mind to my rather complex situation. He was very knowledgeable, and this was evident in his proposed strategies. It was easy to communicate with him and he was flexible with my own schedule when setting up meetings. Lastly, he worked with me in such a way that my case was going to take hard work and that I didn’t feel alone taking on my court case. Thank you, Frank!
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2019
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DUI
My lawyer was very honest about the entire process. He took his time to reach out to home and broke everything down step by step. Was very fortunate I found Mr.Henninger, we worked together and came out the courthouse victorious. Would recommend his services to anyone. Thank you.
Posted by Ryan | June 17, 2019
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A Job Well Done!!
I am a PA resident and was pulled over for a DUI in MD. I knew I needed help. I came across Mr. Henninger website and from there the wheels were in motion. During our initial consult, I felt very comfortable speaking with Frank. Frank was professional and explained the details of the case/paperwork in a way that was easy for me to understand. Before the trial, Frank made suggestions for me to do to help with my case. With the trial date approaching, I experienced a medical issue which prevented me from getting out and completing his suggestions. He gave me other online options for me to complete, given my circumstances. Along with Frank’s expertise with my case, I also felt Frank was concerned about my well being and did whatever was best for me. The morning of the trial, we discussed every detail of our case before going into the courtroom. The state was asking for jail time. I gave Frank the online work he asked me to do. He took the online work I did to the States Attorney before trial and came back to tell me that they were not gonna ask for jail. Frank was able to get me the best option of punishment. I couldn’t have been happier leaving court that day. Frank Henninger was a pleasure to work with and I was very pleased with the help I received from Frank. Frank is an attorney I would recommend to someone who is in the position I was just going through. Thank you.
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Posted by William | June 12, 2019
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Excellent representation
Frank is the best lawyer I could ever ask for. He is with you from beginning to end, explaining all the legal jargon in a way that absolutely anyone could understand. He stressed constant contact; it means a lot to be concerned with your case and Mr. Henninger stays on top of that. He is a personable professional with your best interests in mind and words cannot express how much he's helped me through my trying times. Even after court he sticks around to explain your conviction (or lack thereof in my case) on how to proceed afterwards. Top accolades for this man, he is top dog in his field
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2019
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A lawyer that cares about you!
If your in any trouble in Harford County Md. You need a lawyer that knows Harford County. Frank understands the law and how it works in this county. Your life is in the hands of the prosecutors and the Judges of this county. Frank knows them all and how they operate. He is a good man that will listen to you and is looking out for your best interest. I was facing felony assault charges that could have ruined my life. Frank gave me all the tools to get the best outcome. I followed all his instructions it things went just like he said they would. I am so grateful for his services. Do not let your life in any another hands in this county. I would recomend Mr Henninger to all my friends and family. Thanks Frank and God Bless You. From someone that still has never been convicted of a crime or felony.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2019
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Client
Frank is very knowledgeable and experienced. He was responsive and promptly answered my questions, and clearly explained the situation to me. He will tell you very realistically what to expect and will give you valuable advice to help you through your case, which will help you get the best desired outcome. Highly recommended.
Posted by Tim | April 12, 2019
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Great attorney for Bel Air issues
Frank gave me great prep advice for my DWI trial. Coupled with his familiarity with local prosecution and courts, my outcome was far better than others I met who were facing the same charges. Frank is worth the money spent... I give him the highest review!
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Henninger & Henninger, LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Love, Fleming and Bearsch
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Gray Panel Attorney
  • Office Of The Public Defender Maryland
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Maryland Office Of The Public Defender
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Judicial law clerk
  • Circuit Court for Baltimore County Maryland
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Dayton
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • 1986

Associations

  • Boys & Girls Club of Harford and Cecil Counties
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Harford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Very High Rating-Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • NHTSA DWI Detection Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program
  • La Pier & Associates
  • 2005
  • Professional Leadership and Achievement Award
  • Strathmore's Who's Who
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
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Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Henninger is one of the great attorneys in his field. His extensive knowledge of the law affords him an advantage over many of his peers. I would not hesitate to send referrals his way."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Always willing to share knowledge. Has a good reputation with other attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Frank, he's a good lawyer. I often refer clients to Frank when I have a conflict or feel that he is the better fit for a particular client."
General practice Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank is a hard worker for his clients who holds esteem amongst his colleagues as a lawyer who always works with his clients’ best interests in mind while fighting for the successful resolution of their matters"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Other
"Frank is my go to lawyer in Hartford County"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I referred a client to Frank for a possible criminal matter. The feedback from the client was extremely positive. I highly recommend Frank."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is a highly regarded criminal defense attorney in the community, combining keen legal skills with strong advocacy skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is an excellent attorney. If I have a difficult criminal case, he is one of the people I seek advice from, or often refer to."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Frank for a number of years. He is well versed in all criminal matters having spent several years working for the Public Defenders Office. He is well respected within the legal community. He takes the time to have his clients check in with him regularly while their case is pending to make sure they stay on track for the best possible outcome. I recently referred a family member to him for representation in a criminal matter. I'm sure they will be in good hands and will benefit from his problem solving approach."
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