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Frank B. Ford

DUI and DWI Attorney at Dearborn Heights, MI

5.0   25 reviews

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About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    80%
    I represent people accused of drunk driving in courts throughout Southeast Michigan. I handle approximately 50 to 70 drunk driving cases every year. I am a former prosecutor for the cities of Dearborn Heights, Troy, and Southfield. My motto is, "Experienced Individual Attention with a Personal Approach." I also represent people at Secretary of State hearings for Driver's License Restorations.

    46 years

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    I handle all traffic related matters.

    46 years

  3. Probate
    5%
    I write Wills, Powers of Attorney, and other documents for people I handle estates when someone has died or become incompetent and there is an estate to be administered.

    46 years

  4. Real estate
    5%
    I draft Purchase Agreements, Deeds, Property Transfer Affidavits, and other real estate documents. I review documents for real estate closings, and I attend real estate closings.

    46 years

I believe the Constitution applies to Drunk Driving cases!  Drunk Driving is a criminal offense, that must be handled with thought, determination, and creativity.  Nothing can take the place of thorough investigation and preparation, as well as complete understanding of the law and how the law applies to a particular case.  Not to be lost in the process is the recognition that a defense attorney is working with a unique person, who must be treated with concern as an individual.  I am completely dedicated to these concepts!  On a personal note, I am a tennis player and avid gardener, and was a youth baseball coach until my kids outgrew my expertise. I am a big baseball and football fan, as well as a fan of women’s college basketball (look at where I got my M.F.A. degree and you may understand why). I do volunteer work for my undergraduate alma mater, The Parade Company, The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and the Michigan Regional Lily Society.

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Licensed for 45 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1977
Updated 12/26/2022

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

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Frank B. Ford Attorney & Counselor at Law
5944 Dacosta St
Dearborn Heights, MI, 48127

Reviews

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Posted by robertvamplew | April 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Dui
Frank is amazing attorney he takes his time to get every detail of your case not only he knows how to speak to the judge very very well and comes up with the right words to sayand not only that he is a wonderful person he is affordable and he'll work with you when it comes to using his services with thank you Mr Frankfort for your services
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Posted by Pete | February 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The best choice for your legal needs
Frank was incredibly professional and thorough. I hired Frank to assist me in having the state of Michigan release a "hold" on my license. I made some mistakes as a young man, and 10 years down the road, I was living in a different state and ready to put my past behind me. Even with the hurdles posed by Covid, changes to the court system and the postal service, Frank was able to help me navigate the courts and successfully obtain my license. Frank spent a lot of time looking through my documents and ensuring everything was in order before submitting, and although it was a lot of work, it alleviated stress during the actual submission process. 10/10 highly recommend!
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Posted by Walter | May 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST ATTORNEY YOU CAN FIND
Mr. Ford made the entire process simple and as pain free as possible. From our first meeting to the end of my probation, he was by my side constantly, answered any/all questions I had, and made sure I understood the position I was in. IF I ever run into the law again, or any of my friends/acquaintances, my first and only recommendation will be to call Frank B. Ford. I actually had two cases brought against me, 3 months apart, both referencing the same incident. Mr. Ford was my attorney for each case. He was early to all phone/face to face meetings and was always well prepared. I had complete confidence while I sat and let Frank talk on my behalf to the court/judge. Mr. Ford has an extensive knowledge of his field and I am EXTREMELY thankful that I acquired him as my attorney.
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Posted by Jason | April 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Simply put the best
Frank will go to bat at every angle he see's possible that the prosecution wants to be overlooked. Extremely level headed and you truly get the feeling that hes treating you like a client and not a case. Frank was honest and upfront about the potential outcome of my case, but that did not change his pursuit of justice on my part. Thanks to Frank I am back on the road after years of being buried by the State of Michigan.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
He helped me out
Over a period of time I accumulated a rather shabby driving record with too many tickets and accidents, to the point that one more ticket would likely mean loss of my drivers license. Of course, I received a another ticket, so I decided to fight it in court and hired Mr. Ford. We went over my driving history and particularly the situation that led to the latest ticket in great detail. He set everything up with the court and appeared on my behalf. He managed to get me the best result that he could. I was originally charged with three or four violations but in the end wound up with just a one point violation. Saved me a lot in additional fines but more importantly surcharges on my insurance as well as traffic convictions on my driving record. I still wound up with a license suspension/restriction but there's only so much that can be done in a situation such as mine where you have to cut your losses so to speak. Remember that the judge and prosecutor have copies of the driving record during the hearing and do not want to let someone off of a ticket easily if that record shows that there may be a problem with that individual driving safely. Also, the fact that Mr. Ford has worked on both sides of the system, defense as well as a prosecutor, seems like it can be very helpful. He gives you honest answers to your questions, even though those answers may not be what you want to hear about your particular situation. I respect that.
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Posted by David | December 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Frank Ford
Frank is very professional. Got my driving privileges restored. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by James | October 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James A Lowry
I live in Tampa Florida, I went to renew my drivers license at the DMV here when I was told that I could not renew the license until I cleared a revocation in MI. I went to the MI/SOS website, it stated you don’t necessarily need an attorney to get your license revocation cleared. The small print says if your review is denied you must wait a year before you can resubmit another. My first review was denied, a year later the second review was denied, another year later I sent an appeal, scheduled the live closed circuit interview spent three hundred dollars to rent the room and cameras. Got the letter from MI over a month later stating the appeal was also denied with no reason given. I remembered a MI attorney that had helped me previously with a case before moving to FL, that attorney was Mr Frank Ford. I called Mr Ford and explained my circumstances to him and he decided to take my case. He made it abundantly clear what I should expect with his representation. The maticulessness of every document from the form 257, the letters of support, the doctors letters, to what every questions answer should be, and how it should be phrased punctuated or capitalized. The process of getting a revocation in MI cleared is a long an argues one, but there is not another person or attorney I would choose to represent me in this journey then Mr Frank Ford. If you listen to Frank, do what he asks of you and asks of your support system, you will infinitely increase your chances of getting your case resolved positively, and make a friend at the same time. Thank you Frank, for all you have done for me and my family. Go UCONN Huskies! Sincerely, James
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Response from Frank Ford October 29, 2018
Thank you James! I'm glad it all worked out well for you. Just for the record, UConn is a name for the University of Connecticut Huskies basketball teams, where I went to grad school, before law school.
Posted by WillIam | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the good ones!
Mr. Ford exceeded my expectations in multiple ways. He is an honest, sincere man that will be on YOUR team! From our first consultation I trusted him. When your backs against the wall, this is the man you want fighting for your rights. He does the homework, covers all of the bases, AND will treat you as more than just a customer. A friend; a fellow human being that had made some bad choices. When you need help, this is the man to call! I can't tell you how he does it, but this man is magic in the court of law. I could not of been happier with the outcome of my case, or how he has understood my personal struggles outside of my legal troubles. There is not another lawyer I would even consider talking to other than Frank. B Ford! He saved my future, and there honestly isn't a way to express how grateful I am. Do not make the mistake of passing Mr. Ford up. He's one of the good ones.
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Posted by Mark | July 5, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Frank was helpful here on Avvo.com
Frank answered a question I had regarding a speeding ticket, with great detail. He made it easy to understand and took the time to think of new questions that I'd likely have, and answered them preemptively. He was very helpful :)
Posted by Rachel | June 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Frank is an excellent attorney. Within minutes of sitting down with him, I knew he was the person I wanted to represent me. Frank is a good listener and takes time to make sure he completely understands all the details pertaining to the case. He is extremely thorough and detail-oriented, and he is excellent at communicating information in a way that is easily understood. I consulted with another attorney before retaining Frank, and while the first attorney seemed a bit pompous and pressed for time, Frank was the opposite. He was so gracious. I'm so glad I had Frank representing me. I believe he was the absolute best person for the job. I was so thankful for the time and effort he put into understanding my situation so he could determine the best course of action. Frank was quick to respond to calls and was always patient with me, even when I needed something explained further or for a second time. Beyond my legal situation, I felt that Frank wanted what was best for me as a person as well. He has a nurturing way about him that was very calming during times of crisis. In summary, if you hire Frank, you won't regret it. He is a great lawyer and a fine human. It's my pleasure to recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2017
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Great, Experienced, Professional Lawyer
Mr. Ford has legally assisted me more than once. He has been a great help to me. I would highly recommend his services as he has always helped me come out of court with a great result.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I had a DUI, no Valid License and Failure to Stop offences. My Lawyer Frank Ford was able to have the DUI reduced to a lesser offence and had the other charges dropped. He also gave me valuable life advice which I seriously took to heart ... I couldn't have asked for a better Lawyer. I highly recommend him ... do not hesitate to hire him.
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Posted by Greg | November 2, 2016
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DWLS and Speeding 6-10 mph: Miracle
I explained to Me. Ford that I had to decide between two bad options: 1) pleading guilty to a minor misdemeanor (allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle/0 points) and have the speeding ticket dismissed or 2) plead guilty to the speeding ticket (2 points)and have the driving while license suspended (DWLS) dismissed To make matters worse, it was 2:30 p.m. and I was to meet with the prosecutor the next morning. Mr. Ford said that though he had court appointments that morning and couldn't represent me, he did advise the following: - Ask the prosecutor to reduce the speeding infraction to an impeding traffic citation, thus avoiding the 2 points that would go on my driving record. He said to tell the prosecutor that I need to drive for a living and that any abstractable offense - like the speeding ticket - would result in the SOS suspending my license for at least 30 days. - If the prosecutor days no, then ask for an adjournment and that Frank Ford would be representing me. Initially, he did say no, so I mentioned Mr. Ford's name and after a couple of minutes of reading through my driving record, the prosecutor agreed to dismissed the DWLS and amend the speeding ticket to an impeding traffic ticket. Without Mr. Ford's advice, I'd have a misdemeanor on my record. Thanks for your wisdom on the matter Mr. Ford!
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Posted by Joe | October 28, 2016
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EXCELLENT, Knowledgable and Affordable Attorney
My son was arrested for a DUI and I'm thankful I did my research and found Frank. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and affordable. He is located in Dearborn Heights but also works in the surrounding metropolitan area. I would recommend Frank to anyone in need of an attorney, reguardless of where you live!
Posted by Jeff Thompson | August 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Frank was so good, I'll use him for any legal needs that he will provide to me.
Frank was awesome. He is sort of a "get out of my way and let me work" kind of guy, but his results are phenomenal. There were times when I wondered if Frank remembered me, but those concerns were completed erased every time we talked. His preparation is meticulous, and by the time he was done asking me questions, the hearing officer looked like Frank had read his mind and just said "Ok, I don't have any other questions." I had my license back in about 2.5 weeks. His billing is extremely, extremely fair. I honestly don't think I can come up with any complaints. Frank's work ethic gave me enough confidence that I would go to him for any area of law that I needed to. If it's not obvious yet, I would highly recommend Frank!
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Posted by Rebecca | August 23, 2016
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Best lawyer ever!!!
I called frank to get a complicated out of state drivers license restoration done for me. He is very honest and has a great reputation with the hearing officers. If you are looking to cheat the system frank is not for you. But that is why he is so respected and if he decides to work with you there's a really good chance that you WILL get your privlages back. He is very thourough and won't leave any stone unturned. I interviewed all the top lawyers for this matter and even worked with a few briefly. You won't be disappointed I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Bill | August 9, 2016
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license restore
Mr. Ford was able to restore my Mi license when I found myself in a catch 22 situation. I couldn't start my car with the interlock because of severe copd. This meant I was unable to take the road test . I couldn.'t get the restricted permit. With his counsel I have a fully retored license.
Posted by Jay | August 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Need a lawyer? Hire Attorney Frank Ford
Frank was very thorough, professional, patient, empathetic and most of all experienced in handling my case. I'd recommend him simply because I've seen the work that he's done with not only my case but multiple cases of others. I am beyond satisfied with the outcomes of all the situations considering they could've been much worse. He will go to work for you to ensure a workable outcome. Need help, he's your man for the job.
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Posted by Jordan Snyder | May 5, 2016
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OVI
Frank is a great lawyer and very knowledgeable based on his years of experience. He is very honest and up front with you. In his methods he is very detailed oriented and truly does everything he can based on your case. Frank was hard on me but I needed it. His advice really helped me out in the long run and I'm very glad to have hired him for my case. I would recommend him if you have drinking charge. Thanks again Frank for everything you accomplished for me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2015
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Truly Excellent!!!
I was pulled over for a second dwi offense within 7 years with a 2nd breathalyzer refusal, and high BAC. Mr. Ford took the time to get to know me as a person. He not only focused on my case but on getting me the help I needed on a personal level. Even before the trial, he began telling me about changes I needed to make. He was very detail oriented and always got back with me quickly if I had a question. In the end I ended up getting into sobriety court, not only giving me the opportunity to get my license back, but also getting me the intense help that I needed. PICK THIS LAWYER! !!!! He can help.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Frank B. Ford Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1977
  • University of Connecticut
  • M.F.A.
  • 1972
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • A.B.
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • People vs. M.M.
  • Drunk Driving and CPL Violation reduced to Reckless Driving with no Probation.
  • People vs. J.C.
  • Felony OWI 3rd and DWLS dismissed.

Associations

  • Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County
  • President
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers
  • DBusiness
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Frank
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Frank for more than 20 years and he is an outstanding attorney and quality person, as well. I would not hesitate to send a friend or relative to Frank for legal assistance and I am happy to endorse him. James Frederick"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Ford is a consummate professional who is particularly skilled in the area of drunk driving defense. He is very thorough and always does an outstanding job for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Consummate professional. Highly skilled trial attorney that can be counted on to get results for his clients in the toughest cases. My highest recommendation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest advice, practical answers on AVVO. He is a skilled and concerned advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ford consistently provides sound legal answers to the questions posted on Avvo. I have reviewed many of his answers and find myself regularly agreeing with his responses. If you are in his area and need legal representation, give him a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ford is always engaging and thorough in his responses, posts and advice to those here on Avvo. I see Mr. Ford as an outstanding Attorney and would recommend anyone to call him for possible representation. Cheers."
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