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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Hello, under what circumstances is traffic school required for a speeding ticket with court supervision?

I recieved a speeding ticket for 22 mph over the limit. I have what I think is a decent driving record. Im 32 and haven't had a speeding ticket since I was 17. I plan on asking for court supervision, but was wondering what the probability of having to do traffic school was.

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

It depends upon the county. Where I practice the most they never require it. In other places, they always do. I am not sure about Rock Island County.

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Q: How to read type 55 court supervision end date from my driving abstract.

I had received a speeding ticket in Sept 21, 2019. When I pulled my driving abstract I see that there is a field SUP-DT (sounds like supervision start date) of Sept 30, 2019. Can someone tell me when my court supervision date ends? I got this ticket in Cook County. Below is my court supervision... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 21, 2020

You can’t get that information from the record you are referring to (called a driving abstract). You would have to check the court records on file with the circuit clerk of cook county.

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Q: Can I get out of paying traffic ticket if judge forgot to have me sign the court order?

I recently went to court for improper passing of an emergency vehicle (officer stated “you got over but not far enough”). It is a pretty hefty fine. There were close to 500 people in the court room that day so everything was rushed. When my turn came up the local prosecutor was distracted and... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 21, 2020

Even if that worked, the best you would get out of it is a do-over. And most likely with an irate judge and prosecutor.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I had a dui 19 years ago in illinois .I did all my things i needed to do exept see a hearing officer.what to do now 2 gb

I lost my paper work for the case

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 17, 2020

Some of the paperwork can be created or another agency can do it instead. You will need to have an administrative hearing with the secretary of state. I recommend that you contact Attorney Larry Davis for drivers license reinstatement in your geographic area

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Q: In Illinois, how many days from the date of occurrence,does an officer have to issue a ticket?
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 16, 2020

There is no statute of limitations for ordinary traffic tickets.

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Q: 2 infractions for same thing possible?

Hello, I am a truck driver with a class a cdl. In November I was going down hill and also did not realize the speed limit had dropped. I ended up getting pulled over by an undercover and hit with a speeding 15+. I got a letter from my state, IL saying that I’ve got 2 infractions and one more will... Read more »

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

There is a 12-month look back. Did you have a prior ticket in a 12 month period?

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Q: I received a ticket in Missouri for not wearing a seat belt a non moving violation. Will it get sent back to illinois.

In illinois it is a moving violation but is not in Missouri.

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

There are no points assigned in Illinois for seat belt tickets. It is not a moving violation. I doubt MO reports it.

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Q: Ticket says no court appearance required but online it says I have a court date, do I have to go, I’m 17
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 11, 2020

No you don't have to go but if you do not you will have a conviction, meaning that for the next two years, you cannot be convicted again or your license will be suspended.

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Q: I am 17 got a speeding ticket for doing 19 over on my ticket it says that no court appearance is required, do I still go

When I look up the ticket number it gave me a court date do I have to go? Also is it possible to pay it off myself in person or do I have to have a parent with me

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

Yes, in order to request supervision. Bring a parent with you. And you will have to take a safe driving course.

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Q: How to reduce the fine or dismissed ticket for driving with no insurance?

I bought a used car around 7pm and got pulled over around 1230am on the same night and apparently I didnt know that you can buy insurance online because I thought I wanted to wait the next morning to call the insurance company. The very next morning, I purchase the insurance.

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

That will allow you to request court supervision and avoid a suspension. You will have to pay a fine and carry SR22.

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: How long does a substance abuse/dui evaluation stay good. I had one 8 months ago and haven't started classes yet.

Will I need to have another evaluation done?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Feb 4, 2020

If you are asking about an evaluation for a SOS hearing, it's six months. You want to do your classes first not only to make sure your update is current but also to incorporate any new information after completing classes.

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I refused a chemical test for a DUI stop. Now I have an obstruction of justice charge. What do I do?

I was pulled over for speeding about a half a mile from my house. I was trying to get home to use the bathroom. When I pulled into my driveway the officer said he smelled alcohol and that I appeared under the influence. I was placed under arrest. I refused a breathalyzer and a FST. I was taken into... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 30, 2020

Get a lawyer. By law you are entitled to refuse.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: What would be cheaper for a traffic stop... To go to court or pay tickets in full?

Hi, my husband recently got pullover for making an illegal right turn. In that traffic stop he got issued 2 tickets. One for the turn and the second one for having an expired plate sticker. The officer explained something to us about court supervision and asking the County clerk for the cost of... Read more »

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

Update the registration sticker. Bring proof to court. That ticket will be dropped. Ask for supervision on the other one. No points against his record

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: my sister was killed by a 22 year old drunk driver over 27 beers in one court report.july 4 1983 can I sue

His name is Charles kerr from tampa and I would like to sue him-not his parents etc I just want him to see how it is not to have a life. My sister was an 18 year old homecoming queen and then she was killed.

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

No. The statute of limitations expired about 25 years ago.

3 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Traffic Tickets and DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: My license has been revoked for over 10 years. I was caught driving a month ago. Can I get a license again in Illinois
Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 21, 2020

Unless you have 4 or more convictions for DUI yes you can. First you have to resolve the driving while revoked ticket. Then you will have to have a hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. There’s a long process to getting ready for that and you should consider retaining an attorney.

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Q: I would like to ask if using rear bicycle rack on car (or called trunk mount rack) is legal in Illinois.

I only saw that I cannot cover the registration plate with plastic cover or glass, but I haven't seen anything about axillary stuff like a bicycle rack that could potentially cover the plate.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 16, 2020

Any obstruction could give a cop a reason to stop you

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Q: What can I do in the case of me having a DUI, and I got a ticket after my conviction/pleaa?

I have a guilty plea with supervision until 05/30/2020, recorded on 05/29/2019. I was given a ticket for a headlight being out, and driving on a suspended. I had a lawyer but then took a position for the state and was unable to represent me anymore. He said something about paying a reinstatement... Read more »

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

You can always hire another lawyer.

It sounds as though you are suspended simply because you did not pay the $250 reinstatement fee; in other words, the time on your suspension has run. Paying the fee would, if that is correct, give you valid privileges which will may help with the ticket....
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Q: Is there any way to avoid a required court appearance for a ticket if I am from out of state?

I got a ticket for going 22mph over in a work zone(though it was at the end of the zone and I thought I could speed up,) and the ticket says appearance required in Southern Illinois. I was driving from Michigan, where I live, to Louisiana, where I go to college, and it would be quite difficult to... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 8, 2020

Find a traffic attorney in the county where you received a ticket. In almost all cases, that attorney can appear on your behalf

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Q: I missed a court date for a traffic ticket and the court sent me a letter of continuance. Does this hurt my chances

Of getting a plea bargain or supervision?

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 8, 2020

Not at all. It's called a 30 day notice. A lot of counties will issue an arrest warrant or send in a notice to the SOS to suspend your license. In Sangamon County they send the notice and don't hold it against you.

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Q: Will my license be suspended under 18 if I plead guilty to one traffic ticket and ask for supervision on another?

I am two months away from turning 18 I got my first moving violation about 3 months ago when a woman stomped on her brakes and I couldn’t stop in time. I got a ticket for failure to reduce speed. Just the other night I got a speeding ticket 55 in a 40. Can I plead guilty to the failure to reduce... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 8, 2020

if you show up in court on the failure to reduce she probably will not show and it will be dismissed. Alternatively, if both cases are in the same county, a good traffic lawyer could probably get a package deal.

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