Questions Answered by Theodore J. Harvatin

Q: Is there a way to avoid having to complete a SATOP course?

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 21, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
When you apply, Illinois will check the national registry. Most likely you will be listed as “not eligible“ in Missouri due to not completing the required courses. If that happens, Illinois will not license you.

Q: My daughter got her first ticket. She is 20 years old.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 17, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
In order to receive supervision both you and your daughter must appear. And she must take a safe driving course as part of her supervision.

They don’t usually throw out a ticket just because it’s the first one.

Q: Illinois had a DUI plead guilty for supervision... do I have to go back because of a red light ticket.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 5, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Those are like expensive parking tickets. Not a moving violation and I doubt the prosecutor in your supervision case will even be aware of it and or care. If they do, they have to file papers and notify you.

Q: Hello, I looked up my two unpaid traffic tickets and the status says closed...do I still have to pay the fines?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 28, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
File closed. Civil judgment sent to a collection agency. Most likely. Your license is or probably will be suspended

Q: Willl my license get suspended? Will it go on a criminal record ? What is a individual bond.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
That’s just the bond. You are in danger of losing your license. This charge is a crime not a ticket. Find a lawyer

Q: I had two DUI's the last was 8 years ago. What do I need to do to get my license back in Illinois

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 3, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
You will need a hearing with the Secretary of State after obtaining the necessary documentation, including a drug/alcohol evaluation and any recommendations for follow up. This is an oversimplification of a complicated process.

Q: I got a 2 tickets for driving on expired plates and speeding 15-20 over posted speed limit.

5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 2, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
That does not represent the fine. Bring in proof your plates are current and ask for supervision on the speeding ticket.

Q: I have two pending cases but the clerk of courts sent a guilty verdict to the State of Ill

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
No But you can get the convictions removed for now by notifying the clerk of the error.

Q: I got a ticket for operating uninsured vehicle. My effective start date of my insurance is on the same day.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
If you can prove it was in effect before rather than after the arrest

Q: Can a speeding ticket with these errors be dismissed?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Yes but the problem is the prosecutor can correct the errors unless jeopardy has attached.

Q: I received a 3 tickets for speeding ( 15-20 over statutory limit ), operating uninsured motor vehicle , expired plates

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 15, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
I think you are more likely to receive late compliance supervision on the no insurance ticket. That's better than a conviction which would result in a license suspension. However there will be a fine and a requirement to carry SR 22. See if you can get supervision on any tickets they won't drop but remember, you can only get supervision twice in a year. You have a fair number of moving parts. Might be worth paying a lawyer.

Q: I received a ticket for electronic device. I was not using it. The office asked me if it was in my hand. Not witnessed

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 12, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
He probably will show. If not expect a dismissal. Hard to say from your description but it’s worth contesting.

Q: I received a ticket for improper right turn. No officer was present another party called the police.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 12, 2019
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
First off, notify your insurance agent ASAP in case there is a claim. Second, plead not guilty and find a lawyer.

Q: What would be the best way & proper way for a minor to ask for court supervision on a misdemeanor speeding ticket?

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 17, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
First off, you must have a parent or guardian present so they should be asking these questions

Q: Can you receive 2 tickets for the same thing even though you didn't receive the first ticket copy? Should I fight it?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 16, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
The ticket is valid. It can be served in person by mail or left on the windshield. You should bring proof to court that you have a valid registration and paid a ticket once. These are not legal defenses but may result in a better outcome

Q: My son is 14y/o . Took my car without permission. Got tickets Driving without license, curfew and illegal turn. What ca

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 16, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
If he is convicted he won’t be able to get a license until he is 18

Q: What are the chances a 17 year old would receive a suspended license for his first citation (of 27 over)? in IL

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Zero. But at that speed it is a crime. Worth hiring a lawyer such as Mr. Davis who has already responded

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