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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
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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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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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.

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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.

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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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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
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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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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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: In 2010 I my license was suspended in illinois for a dui me and my family went to Florida on 10/10/10 I was driving and

And received a speeding and driving on suspended the driving was paid and thrown out now illinois wants to give me a 3 year suspension what can I do

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 4, 2021

From your question, it appears that you received a DUI in Illinois, your second one within five years, and refused the breath test. That resulted in a three year suspension to start out with.

Now Florida has reported to Illinois that you were driving. That violates the driving while...
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Q: Over 21, clean record. Was cited as going 94 in a 60 on highway (34 over so a Class B) What next?

As above, clean record. Cop cited me for 2,500$ but class B only denotes 1500$ max. Is there a way I can keep this off my record as I need a clean background check for work.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Mar 1, 2021

The $2500 has nothing to do with the fine. You need a lawyer who understands the law.

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Q: I got ticket for driving on revoked but the officer didnt put date on it were it says the date crime was committed

Also didnt fill out the vehicle section

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 22, 2021

Depending upon how that is handled, it could be a basis for a not guilty finding but the chances are the prosecutor can fix it. You really need to get the services of a lawyer to delve into the details

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: What do i do for a speeding misdemeanor in IL. During the day, blocks prior were 40 & 50. I was 51 in a 25 for a block

I was pulled over in a 25 going 51 in IL.

(It was 40 a block prior & 50 a block prior to that) i had just been following the speed of the carbefore me on the 40 & 50 roads)

The police officer was infront of me when he put his lights on - is that normal?

My 2 kids 7... Read more »

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin answered on Jan 21, 2021

Not beyond the realm of possibility that a lawyer could get the state to reduce it to 25 over (not a misdemeanor) and supervision.

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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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3 Answers | 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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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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