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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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1 Answer | 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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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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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got a ticket Jan 2019 and another one Oct 2019 and took 8hr tss. Oct 2020 I got a ticket can I do TSS again

Got a speeding ticket Jan 2019, took the 4 hour TSS and supervision. Got another ticket in Oct 2019 and had to go to court and ask for 8 hour TSS. Oct 2020 I got a ticket will I be able to apply for TSS again and ask for supervision?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 19, 2020

Supervision is only allowed twice within 12 months.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: Will I Still Have A Driver's License?

So in August I have gotten a ticket for no insurance. But I had brought proof of insurance to bring to court on September 23rd, they said I have gotten the insurance too late about it. So I have to pay a fine and on court supervision. Today October 19 I had court for a terrible accident on... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 19, 2020

I agree with Mr.Ooink. Based on the limited information you provided, there’s no reason they would suspend your license. But we don’t know what your previous driving record says.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 2 speeding tickets, both 15-20 over, doing speed school for 1. is the license still going to be suspended?

person is under 21

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

Supervision does not count.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Got pulled over for going 80 on a 45. Only got a ticket and kept my license and was given a court date.

I have a clean record and my hearing is a few weeks from now. Will I have to serve jail time? And have a high fine? Located in Illinois. Pulled over on grand avenue.

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

Unlikely to go to jail but this is a class A misdemeanor, one step below a felony and probably worth retaining a lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I am 16 years old and got a 26-34 over ticket in Illinois. How can I get this off my record? I have a clean record.

Speed limit was 35 on a 4 lane road in naperville, I was going about 59-60 I have a heads up display so I can always see my speed. Officer said I was going 66 mph which wasn’t even true. Gave me a court date. I see online that this is a class B misdemeanor, how can I get out of this ticket??

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

You need court supervision and a good lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My son is 18 and received a ticket for operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic communication device.

He would like to ask for court supervision but we are not sure if he should pay the fine and plead guilty before appearing in court or should he pay the fine on the day he appears in court and asks for court supervision?

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

appear on the court date and request supervision and pay the fine after. (unless it's a county that allows supervision by mail)

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: What happens if you violate a term of unsupervised probation for a dwi
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 30, 2020

Anything from extending it to revoking it and jail.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Is an expired license plate a moving violation in the state of Illinois?

I got a ticket for being on my phone and for having an expired license plate in February. I paid both and fixed the license plate. I got another ticket a few weeks ago for not seeing a car on a free right. I just want to know if I'm going to lose my driver's license or not.

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

If you had a current address on file with the sos after those first two tickets and if they were both moving violations, they should have sent you a warning letter

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I was given court supervision but I was first mailed that I had to turn in my license. Do I still have to turn it in?

I missed my first court date but asked to vacate ex-parte conviction and was given court supervision. Before that, I was sent a notice from the secretary of state that I need to turn in my license. Now that I have court supervision, do I still need to turn in my license?

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

No

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Illinois on
Q: Today I received my first ticket of going 25 over the speed limit and it was on the highway what should I do?

I’m concerned with my insurance rates for my family going up and this ticket going on my record. Can I do community service or take a driver’s class. What would be my best option. I’m 17 years old.

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

You must do so because you have to remain ticket free for two years. You will pay a higher fine for supervision and you will have to take a special class. And you need a parent or guardian in court with you in order to receive supervision.

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