A PERSONAL APPROACH
FRANK B. FORD
Attorney and Counselor at Law
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If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you need a vigorous and personalized defense! No matter how innocent you are, no matter how guilty you may think you are, it takes an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to evaluate your situation, guide you through the process, and make things as easy and comfortable for you as possible. The Constitution still guarantees you the Right to Due Process of Law, and that means you are presumed innocent!
- Frank B. Ford appears in courts throughout the Detroit and Southeast Michigan area, representing persons accused of drunk driving.
- Your ticket or bond receipt may say OWI, OWI with a High BAC, OUIL, UBAL, UBAC, Per se, or OWVI. You may call it DUI, or DWI, or DUIL.
- You may have been stopped and arrested in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, or any of the rest of Southeast Michigan.
- It all comes down to this: YOU'VE GOT A SERIOUS PROBLEM. You've been charged with a crime. That charge can take your driver's license. It can put you in jail. It can cost you years of extra insurance premiums and driver responsibility fees, not to mention fines and court costs. It can take away your CDL (Commercial Driver's License). It can put you on probation for years.
- Whether it happened in Dearborn, Detroit, Allen Park, Woodhaven, Ann Arbor, Monroe, Taylor, Romulus, Novi, or anywhere else in Southeast Michigan, you need the help of Attorney Frank B. Ford.
Frank B. Ford has been a practicing attorney for over thirty years, and has focused on drunk driving cases and driver's license restorations
for almost all of that time. The national concern about drunk driving is justifiable, but YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A FULL AND VIGOROUS DEFENSE.
- Just because you are accused, doesn't mean you are guilty, and it certainly doesn't mean the prosecutor can prove you guilty!
- As a former prosecutor for both the City of Dearborn Heights, in Wayne County, and for the City of Troy, in Oakland County, Frank B. Ford has seen the Michigan drunk driving law from both sides. He says, "If you've got a defense, I will probably recognize it, because it was probably used against me while I was a prosecutor."
- Mr. Ford travels to district courts and circuit courts throughout Southeast Michigan.
- Mr. Ford also appears at the Secretary of State Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD), also called Driver License Appeal Division (DLAD), on driver's license restoration hearings and implied consent hearings.
Among the charges Mr. Ford defends against are:
- OWI (Operating while Intoxicated)
- also called DWI (Driving while Intoxicated)
- also called DUI (Driving under the Influence)
- also called OUIL (Operating under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor)
- also called OUI (Operating under the Influence)
- also called drunk driving
- UBAC (Unlawful Bodily Alcohol Content)
(This is technically no longer a separate charge, but a lot of police officers still write it on a ticket.
- also called UBAL (Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level)
- also called Per se (it's Latin)
- UBAC, UBAL, and Per se are technically no longer a separate charge
- OWVI (Operating while Visibly Impaired due to the Consumption of Alcohol)
- also called OWAI (Operating while Ability Impaired)
- also called impaired driving
- OWICS (Operating while Intoxicated by a Controlled Substance),
- also called OWIN (Operating while Intoxicated by Narcotics)
- also called OWID (Operating while Intoxicated by Drugs)
- also called OUID (Operating under the Influence of Drugs)
- OWPD (Operating with the Presence of Drugs)
- Zero Tolerance (Junior UBAL)
- Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle
- Child Endangerment
- MIP (Minor in Possession of Alcohol)
- PBT Refusal (Preliminary Breath Test Refusal)
- Probation Violations
- also called Show Cause Hearings
- also called VOP (Violation of Probation)
- DWLS (Driving while License Suspended)
- DWLR (Driving while License Revoked)
If you are charged with any of these offenses, whatever you do, contact Frank B. Ford and you will get the help of an attorney who is very knowledgeable in the area of vehicular alcohol and substance crimes.
- Do not go to court assuming that you must plead guilty to whatever the prosecutor might offer you. The prosecutor is not looking to find your defenses. Mr. Ford will work diligently to find those defenses.
- Be wary of courts that offer a court appointed attorney who will spend only a few minutes on your individual case. Many court appointed attorneys are well qualified, but they cannot devote the time to your DUI case that an attorney you hire yourself will spend on your case.