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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Q: Please explain why my son is required to go to court, rather than paying the ticket and having insurance deal with it.

My son arrived in Lisle, Illinois for school just a few days ago, and will return to Massachusetts in 3 months. He received a citation today for "failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident." He was distracted and hit the car in front of him when traffic began moving. Why is he required... Read more »

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

Because the Illinois Supreme Court wrote the rules and determined that any accident ticket is a must appear.

I would suggest you find a local attorney in the county of the ticket and have that attorney appear in his place. Most judges allow this on minor traffic tickets. There is a good...
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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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