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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Would a injunction at a district court be best option to resolve traffic fines

I owe too many traffic fines from red light camera tickets and currently don't work. I feel harassed by these traffic fines also. I've read these types of cases have been challenged in other states and most stares can no longer revoke a DL anymore for failure to pay ticket fines

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Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 6, 2021

As of July 1, all of these suspensions will go away.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got a no insurance ticket 4 months ago, and put on a year of court supervision. I just got a speeding ticket.

I just want to know if my license will be suspended. I have a good driving record that's why I got put on court supervision for a no insurance ticket. I was running late for a college night class and was doing 10 over and the cop said I was doing 15 over. Should I be worried I'll lose my... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 29, 2021

Ask for supervision. You should be OK

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: About 10 years ago my license was revoked for my 1 and only D.U.I, what can I do to get my license back?
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 29, 2021

You will have to have an administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. It should be an informal hearing.

You will be required to you obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and take any recommended classes. Those classes may lead to additional requirements. This is not a good...
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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: if you are not convicted of a dui does it still go on your insurance

was arrested for dui but not convicted, completed state requirments and one year probation

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 23, 2021

If you were placed on probation, you were convicted. If you were placed on supervision, you were not convicted. The supervision will be visible only to law-enforcement and the Secretary of State and the states attorney. And once the statutory summary suspension has terminated, it will not be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I received a moving violation during my 3 month probationary license period. What will happen?

I received 3 speeding tickets 06/2019, 02/2020 and 03/2020. Due to Covid, I did not have to plead guilty to the third ticket until December 2020. In January I took a safe driving course and was granted a probationary license for my 3 month suspension from Feb 5th 2021 to May 5th 2021. On March 17th... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 22, 2021

The length of the suspension depends upon how many points you will have accumulated. That depends on the nature of the tickets and how fast over the limit you were going. Ticket will probably be dropped if you show up in court. Other driver most likely will not show.

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: In 2010 I my license was suspended in illinois for a dui me and my family went to Florida on 10/10/10 I was driving and

And received a speeding and driving on suspended the driving was paid and thrown out now illinois wants to give me a 3 year suspension what can I do

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 4, 2021

From your question, it appears that you received a DUI in Illinois, your second one within five years, and refused the breath test. That resulted in a three year suspension to start out with.

Now Florida has reported to Illinois that you were driving. That violates the driving while...
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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Over 21, clean record. Was cited as going 94 in a 60 on highway (34 over so a Class B) What next?

As above, clean record. Cop cited me for 2,500$ but class B only denotes 1500$ max. Is there a way I can keep this off my record as I need a clean background check for work.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 1, 2021

The $2500 has nothing to do with the fine. You need a lawyer who understands the law.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got ticket for driving on revoked but the officer didnt put date on it were it says the date crime was committed

Also didnt fill out the vehicle section

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 22, 2021

Depending upon how that is handled, it could be a basis for a not guilty finding but the chances are the prosecutor can fix it. You really need to get the services of a lawyer to delve into the details

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: What do i do for a speeding misdemeanor in IL. During the day, blocks prior were 40 & 50. I was 51 in a 25 for a block

I was pulled over in a 25 going 51 in IL.

(It was 40 a block prior & 50 a block prior to that) i had just been following the speed of the carbefore me on the 40 & 50 roads)

The police officer was infront of me when he put his lights on - is that normal?

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Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 21, 2021

Not beyond the realm of possibility that a lawyer could get the state to reduce it to 25 over (not a misdemeanor) and supervision.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My son got 4 tickets for leaving the seen of a accidents and not calling cops. 1 was a fence that took out his breaks.

He hit a dear and flipped it.. He tryed to get back to his friend and hit a building and left. Cops came and gave him tickets. They came back next day to change it couse the mair of the town called and said he wants the address of the accident on the ticket so they can sue him for the damage. The... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 13, 2021

Yes they can investigate further and amend charges.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Why does my daughter have a ticket for an accident where she was the only person or vehicle involved in Illinois

My daughter was traveling through Illinois on her way back to Arkansas from seeing a friend. She Hydroplaned on the freeway after hitting standing water going 55 in a 65 she went off the road and totaled her car and she got a traffic ticket. No other vehicles or personnel were involved. It was... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 6, 2021

Because it’s arguable that she failed to maintain control over vehicle, failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident, drove too fast for conditions and other possible violations. The state has to prove those but the fact that it was a one vehicle accident does not constitute a defense

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got pulled over for speeding. I was going 23 MPH over the limit. I’m 16. First offense. Will my license be suspended?

This is my first offense ever. I’m 16 and the ticket says no court is required. Will my license be suspended..

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Dec 23, 2020

No but it can extend your GDL restrictions for another 6 months.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: will they take my licence

i have not got a ticket in about a year and i got court supervition i just got one tonight going 28 over i turn 18 in 3 day i am all for paying the fine i just dont want them to take my licence

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Dec 3, 2020

This would be your first conviction. So they won’t take your license but this is a criminal offense.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Will my girlfriend be convicted of violating scott's law?

My girlfriend was ticketed for speeding on June 2020 and had to pay a fine and court supervision. Comes November 2020 and she got pulled over for violating Scott's law. She saw the lights flashing behind her, she slowed down but couldn't move over to the other lane since it wasn't... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Nov 18, 2020

In Sangamon County the state won’t offer supervision but if she requests it the judge will probably grant it. Fine is usually $310.

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4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Will I be able to avoid getting my license suspended?

I am currently 18 y/o. In 2/2019 I got a speeding ticket for 21-25 over(80 in 55mph zone). I chose not to do court supervision for the ticket and just pay it off. Then, in 7/2020 I received another ticket for 21-25 over(77 in 55mph zone). At the time of the pullover, the officer told me I could... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Nov 14, 2020

Secretary of State sends a warning letter to your last known address. In addition, that is all covered in driver's ed.

You can ask the court to vacate the conviction and give you supervision. It will probably require hiring a lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My daughter received a ordinance violation for Improper Display of plate. The tag and plate number fully visible

The officer said she was traveling too fast as well and made note of that on the ticket. So yes it was good that he did not issue a speeding ticket however, the plate is fully visible. It has a dealer frame around it but that does not obstruct the number or the registration sticker in any way. Do... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 28, 2020

The speeding ticket can be issued after the fact. Whether or not that would happen is an unknown. If the cop has nothing better to do than write this type of ticket, he may waste his time on adding a speeding ticket.

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can I appeal a conviction based on negligence from all parties of the court?

I was forced into taking a ridiculous plea the states attorney deliberately handed down a harsh sentence because he doesn’t not like me. My lawyer did nothing to help me either. My lawyer and the states attorney and the judge, well as a matter of fact everyone in this little podunk county are... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 26, 2020

The state of Illinois considers driving revoked, particularly when the reason for the revocation is a DUI or other serious traffic offense, to be a serious violation of law. Given that you mentioned IDOC, it appears it was or could have been a felony.

In most circumstances, it is EASY for...
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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I got pulled over with a bac of .19 103 on a 50 and a swerving citation. Can I get court supervision?

I was heading to a park to park for safety and sleep it off, it’s my first offense and have no other record besides paying a open vodka bottle citation two weeks back. I’m 21

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 24, 2020

You are legally eligible for supervision. If you can, you should have a lawyer to increase the chances you will receive supervision and also negotiate the best outcome possible.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got 2 tickets last year and this year I got another one only 4 days until 1 year prior to my last ticket

I got a ticket 1/23/19 and got another one 10/23/19 has to go to court and ask for supervision and 8hr TSS. I got another ticket 10/19/20 only 4 days prior to the year mark. Will my license get suspended since It wasn’t a year? Can I still do TSS or will it just go on my record?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 20, 2020

TSS does not count against the two ticket limit so it won't cause a suspension unless you are still under supervision and the prosecutor moves to revoke it because of the new ticket.

You are eligible for supervision on the new ticket.

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