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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Am I at risk of losing my license?

I’m 18, got my license when I was 16, and recently received two speeding tickets within the span of 2-3 weeks. One was for going 83 in a 55 and the other was for going 42 in a 30. I payed the minor violation ticket so that is currently on my record. I’m set to appear in court this week for the... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 15, 2021

You have options. Ask for supervisor on the major one. File a motion to vacate the conviction on the minor one and convert to supervision. Supervision on both is best.

Best move is hire a lawyer.

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Q: If aggravated speeding was reduced to a petty offense and supervison 4 month

If aggravated speeding fine was reduced to a petty crime and I fingerprinted for a job, would the background check show that I had been arrested?

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

It depends upon how deep the background check is. Anybody looking up your name online would be able to see the original charge was a Class A or B misdemeanor (depending on your speed), both of which are criminal offenses.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Q: what is a 11-602 citation

girl ran a stop sign hit me and cited for 11-602A

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 8, 2021

That isn’t a violation. Probably 11-601. Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident most likely. Part of the speeding section. It’s a minor violation.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I didnt complete all the terms of court supervision for a DUI. Would it be fruitful to get an attorney?

I completed the 3 DUI classes, paid some of my fine and I'm 5 hours short on my community service hours. The cut off date was 5 days ago. I have been in a treatment center twice during this time trying to get my life straightened out. It was difficult to find somewhere to complete service... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Oct 2, 2021

I think it’s worth it. It’s painful to lose your license and deal with the Secretary of State. A lawyer who has a lot of experience with the court system in your county will have a lot better chance of saving your supervision than you would on your own.

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Q: I did go to the emergency room that night but the letter of suspension said I refused to take the test
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 23, 2021

It appears the cop asked you to submit to a blood or breath test. If you refused his direct request to you, that is a refusal for which your license can be suspended. The ER blood draw does not cure the refusal.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I just got a letter for suspension of drivers license do to refusing to take the blood work for a DUI. But when I went

To court they continued my case till they get my blood work test results. How are they waiting for my results if I refused to take the blood test

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

If the cop asked you to take a blood or breath test and you refused that is a refusal if they got a warrant and you gave blood or even if you were admitted to the ER and the doctor took blood.

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Q: 2 ticket, 2 counties, can i get court supervision for both?

Hi, I received a ticket for crossing the center line early in july. in early august, I was in a very minor accident and got a improper merge ticket....am I able to get court supervision for the 2nd one? I have missed my court date for the 2nd ticket as I read the date wrong on the ticket.... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 7, 2021

By law, judge can grant you supervision twice within a 12 month. However, supervision is not automatic.

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Q: I got pulled over for being on phone while driving. My license had also been expired for 3 years.

I didn't get arrested, I was able to drive away from it. I was issued a citation to appear in court in a month. My only other ticket on record is a speeding ticket (10mph over) from 5 years ago. Can I renew my license before my court date? And is there any chance I could get court supervision?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 7, 2021

Yes and yes to both questions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I got my first speeding ticket in Pekin, IL for going 77 / 45. I’d go early to pay, but I don’t know how much it cost.

Around nighttime still evening, I was At a stoplight and the light turned green. As I noticed I stepped on the gas and went up to 40 and a cop siren was flashed. Me nervous and scared, the cop asked me for ID and drivers license. He asked me was i in a hurry, I said no. He said you know you went up... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Sep 7, 2021

You will be pleading guilty to a misdemeanor, a criminal offense. You should have a lawyer, who can also arrange a payment plan. This is not a do it yourself project.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: 2 tickets under 18

My daughter is turning 18 in less than a month. She received one moving violation, and has taken the online drivers improvement course. She just now received another ticket for getting up to speed right before the speed limit sign. How can we keep her from getting suspended?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 12, 2021

Same as the first one. Even if she is convicted she won’t be suspended.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: State of Illinois sends letter to get breathalyzer and work exempt do I do it or let lawyer handle it

For dui case state says I have 14 days to respond to get a blow machine and get a work permit I don’t have court for 2 more weeks or ignore the letters and let my lawyer take care of it just don’t want to hurt myself

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Aug 2, 2021

You have a lawyer. Ask him or her. It’s possible they’re expecting the suspension to get dropped. If it isn’t, and you don’t send in the paperwork pretty soon, you’re going to be without a permit for a while

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Q: I received a ticket in a construction zone 73 in 55 no workers present. I have no other tickets. Am I better off

Pleading guilty and requesting court supervision or asking for trial, getting an attorney and hope the cop doesn’t show? What are is the percentage state police don’t show?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jun 10, 2021

Any state trooper who did not show up for one of these would probably get fired. It's a big deal.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Will the judge dismiss my speeding ticket, for a first time offense?

I am a WI resident, and got a ticket for going 15 over in IL. The cop even said my record is pristine. I don’t want to just pay the fine, or go to traffic school. If I show up to my court date - could the judge just dismiss it since it’s a first time offense? I don’t want points added to my... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 26, 2021

Very unlikely because if everyone’s first offense was dismissed, nobody would ever have a second offense. There may be a few counties that will reduce the charge to a non moving violation but most of them require traffic school or some form of court supervision. If you were in Illinois driver,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Got a ticket for "disobeyed stop sign" and the officer wrote the wrong vehicle on the ticket, can I get this tossed?

All other information is correct - but the vehicle model is incorrect. Would simply arguing that the plate number is not registered to that vehicle be enough?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on May 20, 2021

Not necessarily but not automatically. And the state might, if they discover the error before trial, correct the information.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take for my license to get suspended after getting three tickets?

Last summer I was in an accident where I got a ticket for “driving too fast for conditions.” In hindsight I should’ve fought it because I fell asleep at the wheel so my speed had nothing to do with it, but whatever. Since then, I’ve gotten two speeding tickets. I’m aware that three... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Apr 24, 2021

You need supervision on one of them.

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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

I... Read more »

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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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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