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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If you are unofficially told that you need to change your headlights blue is illegal in Illinois

How much time are you allowed to fix the situation before an officer can do anything

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jul 29, 2020

The next cop who sees you could stop you 5 minutes after the previous told you that you could go. They don't have to give you a break.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: Can they arrest you for being homeless and not paying your auto dues

Living in my car, no longer can afford my auto insurance

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jul 27, 2020

Only if you are caught driving without insurance.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was ticketed in Indiana for passing a school bus, and now IL wants my license for 3 months...

I consulted a lawyer in Boone County where it happened, and he told me that it was a basic traffic ticket with a light fine and no suspension and recommended I pay it and avoid the court date. I did so, but recently I received a suspension notice that starts August 17th. I attempted to have an... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jul 15, 2020

A formal hearing would take just as long or in fact longer because you couldn't get it set until October. I assume they suspended you under 6-206 (a)(6) because you committed an offense in another state that, if committed in Illinois, would cause a suspension. However if it's a four lane... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 16, got a speeding ticket for 30 above. First offense, chances of suspension in IL?

I'm 16 and It was 2am, and I was going 60 in a 30, there was no one else on the road. got a ticket for past curfew and paid it, my court date is tomorrow. What are my chances of getting my license suspended vs getting supervision?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jul 13, 2020

If this is your only ticket in the last 12 months and you are over 21, your chances of getting suspended even if you are convicted are zero. However, it is a class B misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Ticket while using a cellphone. No option to pay without admitting guilt.

I thought that there is usually an option to pay the fine and not have it affect my driving record or plead guilty. Only option appears to be paying the fine and pleading guilty or requesting a trial. The trial location would be hours from my home. Am I missing something?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jul 9, 2020

Some tickets require a court appearance by you or a lawyer in order to request court supervision

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Q: Will I get something in the mail if I have a court date for trespassing but didn’t sign anything?

My friend was holding a smoke bomb in a parking garage and I took a picture of him, we both have court dates. I’m only 18 and I wanted to know if there’s any way I could make it so it’s not on my record. Also will anything come in the mail regarding the court date

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jul 1, 2020

It is possible. The fact you did not sign anything neither makes it more nor less likely that you will be charged.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was pulled over for going 93 in a 70 in Wisconsin, but live in Illinois. How will points work?

I have a clean record as this is my first offense. Is there a way to either reduce points or get the violation removed through supervision and/or traffic school? I’m 21.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jun 27, 2020

I do not know if Wisconsin has supervision. They may reduce it to a nonmoving violation or if it’s reported to Illinois one conviction is not going to affect your driving privileges

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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Im 19 and first offense, I got a ticket for going 91 in a 50. What does, “Method of release: promise to comply.”, mean?

Also, is there any way to go about this without insurance finding out, and/or without it staying on my record? Finally, what would this be classified as? Again, first offense but I am young so they may slam me... thank you.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jun 15, 2020

That’s bond. Your promise to appear in court.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Hi everyone. I have a question of this. I had a ticket from Mclean County..

Hi everyone. I have a question of this. I had a ticket from McLean County in last November 27th. I paid the ticket already and done with the Traffic School already. My ticket are No Court Appearance Required also. So last 3 months ago I was checked my case on online that say I have Court... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 15, 2020

That is most likely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Skeleton staff’s so all cases were most likely automatically continued

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4 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: 37 yrs ago my husband had a dui in pensacola florida went to court $1000 fine he paid and 100 days community service

the community service started in 3 weeks and navy relocated him to california two weeks later. He told judge this and he said well dont ever come back to florida or you'll be arrested. California gave him a license and so did illinois where we live now. Now illinois wont reissue his driver... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 15, 2020

Yes the problem pointer driver system finally caught up with him. It is designed to prevent people who have an open DUI in one state from getting a license in another.

He will need to have an administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. Since he lives out of state, he can...
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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got my first speeding ticket on the expressway in Tazewell county, going 26 over the limit can it be dismissed ?
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 12, 2020

You don't indicate on what basis it would be dismissed. You don't get one free pass on a first ticket. You should request court supervision.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got ticket for doing 20 over. Supervision with traffic school for $229 is an option. Could a lawyer do better?

Last night I got a ticket from Batavia police. My record is decent with no other moving violations for well over a year. Previously I used a lawyer for my daughters violations and it proved useful. But in this case I'm not sure a lawyer could do any better than the supervision option. So... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 12, 2020

That is probably the standard offer and I doubt a lawyer could lower the fine enough to justify the fees you would have to pay

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If misdemeanor traffic speeding 27< miles is reduce to regular speeding does it great criminal record .

I have to violate aggravated speed and have been reduced. I submitted an asylum case. Does this violation lead to the rejection of my case in court? Is it necessary to appoint a lawyer? I am very sad and worried, or do not need to appoint a lawyer because any offense will lead to rejection of the... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 9, 2020

No.

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5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have traffic court date on 07/23/2020, this is the third time the date has moved due to covid 19, I'll be out of state

I have a dupage county traffic court date which is moved to 07/23/2020. I have to move out of state this month. I was hoping to attend in person for requesting second supervision as I got the second ticket while I was on 1st court supervision. I got the second ticket for using cell phone while... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 9, 2020

A local attorney could appear on your behalf. Find a DuPage county traffic lawyer to assist you.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Is signing a I bond the same as booking Is there a difference in terms of record

What is the difference between signing a of bond speed ticket,and going to prison, taking fingerprints, and photographing? Are the two considered the same?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 5, 2020

Completely different.

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4 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: If i get pulled over lets say for expired tags and i have had a drink or two can I invok 5th amendment rights immediatel
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 12, 2020

You are not required to answer any questions but you cannot resist arrest.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I have traffic court 03/26/2020 in McHenry County. I know the courts are closed but what happens with my tickets?

Does it mean I have an extension to pay and if so, how long?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 22, 2020

They will notify you of a new date.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: What happens when on court supervision for a ticket in August 2019 & receive a following too close?

I received a speeding ticket in Lake County on 8/28/19 & was placed on court supervision. Completed traffic school. On 2/8/19, I received a following too close ticket for a minor accident in McHenry County. How will the second ticket affect my court supervision. What are my chances to get... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 11, 2020

Mr. Davis’ advice is spot on.

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: If proven that I was only going 3 mph over the limit rather than 8 due to where the sign is, can I get a dismissal?

And if dismissed, could I get the related dui charge dropped?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 10, 2020

No. And no.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was issued tickets, but they were never handed to me. They gave them to my mom, I was in the hospital.

Was pulled over due to looking confused. They took me into custody for refusing tests. I hung myself at the station is what the report says. I woke up in the er. Odd thing is cop never asked for a copy if my registration ir insurance. I have bad ptsd, and agoraphobia. Medical retired vet.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 29, 2020

You own the tickets. You should consider obtaining a lawyer to help defend the charges.

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