Attorney David B. Franks

David B. Franks

Partner, FKM&A

David B. Franks is a highly effective Criminal AttorneyDriving Under the Influence (DUI) Lawyer and Traffic Defense Attorney who has practiced criminal law since being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1989. Mr. Franks has more than fifteen years of criminal prosecution and defense experience.

Mr. Franks served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in both Cook County and McHenry County, Illinois. In McHenry County he served four years as a prosecutor in the Misdemeanor and Felony Divisions. He served as one of the first two designated Domestic Battery Prosecutors in McHenry County, as well as the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division Supervisor.

Drawing upon his eight years of experience as an Assistant State’s Attorney and seven years as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Franks understands the intricacies of DUI and criminal defense, and consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients using his skill as a researcher, negotiator and advocate. Mr. Franks has successfully defended clients charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Reckless Driving and various traffic moving violations, as well as criminal charges ranging from petty offenses to Class X felonies.

In October 2007, Mr. Franks retired from the United States Navy (Reserve Component) where he achieved the rank of Commander (equivalent to Lt. Colonel). While on active duty and in the reserves, he further honed his skills in strategic thinking and planning, and will develop a defense tailored to the particular circumstances of your case. He is a tough and skillful attorney–qualities that make him an effective courtroom advocate. He aggressively represents his clients from the beginning of a criminal investigation through trial. Mr. Franks is committed to his clients and strives to provide them with the best defense.


Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense


Traffic Defense


American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C.,  J.D.

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, B.S.

Military Service

Naval Reserve Association

U.S. Navy (Active Duty-Lieutenant)

U.S. Navy Reserve (Commander-Retired)

Military Decorations

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal 
  • Navy Achievement Medal 

Professional Associations and Memberships

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National College for DUI Defense

Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council

Illinois State Bar Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council
Member 2000-present
Vice Chair 2005-2006
Secretary 2004-2005

Illinois State Bar Association General Practice, Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section Council

Illinois Bar Foundation

McHenry County Bar Association

Illinois Bar Foundation

McHenry County Bar Association

Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)
Board of Trustees 2002-2006