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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Who is responsible to pay for window tint ticket?

I was given a service loaner vehicle from an authorized car dealer while my car was being repaired by that dealer. While in the loaner vehicle I received a window tint ticket as the loaner vehicle had tints that are too dark in Illinois. I obviously assumed that the window tint was a legal level... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Aug 25, 2022

Did you look at the ticket? Since they have no idea who you are, I assume the ticket is directed to the owner of the vehicle, which is not you.

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Q: What is a evaluation? My lawyer asked me to bring my evaluation to court tommarow and I can’t get into contact with them
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answered on Aug 13, 2022

A drug and alcohol evaluator licensed by the state.

https://www.dhs.state.il.us/onenetlibrary/27896/documents/by_division/oasa/directories/license_directory_by_county.pdf

However, some court systems require you to use a given evaluator from their list. Your lawyer should be...
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Q: Plate sticker was 2 years old and I didn’t know. Next day I bought a new plate and sticker after getting ticket.

Can I contest it now that I have the new plate and updated sticker?

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Aug 8, 2022

The sticker is supposed to be valid at all times. Some judges will, if you show proof of late compliance, dismiss the ticket.

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Q: Did court supervision and traffic school with a ticket that would allow it to get it removed but it is still on record.

Did all that was supposed to be done for a petty offense removal to not be reported as a conviction to the secret of state as stated as Option C inside the twenty-second judicial circuit court McHenry county, Illinois pamphlet. When recently applying for a job it showed that the ticket was still on... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Aug 7, 2022

It will not show up on your public abstract but will stay on the court purposes record for several years. It will not, however, be a conviction so no points.

In addition, anybody who wants to look up online records can see what happened.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: I have 2 DUIs in the Illinois. The last one occurred over 20 years ago. What steps do I need to get my license back?

Both of the DUIs occurred over 20 years ago and I completed all required treatment. I don’t drink and I would like to get my license back now that I have children and a new job that I need to be able to drive for. Does the fact that it was over 20 years ago have any impact.

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Aug 5, 2022

The fact that is 20 years certainly does not hurt. The fact that you completed all your treatment may or may not be relevant, depending upon what your classification is and what you’re drinking and or drug use has been like since you’ve completed treatment.

At a minimum, you would have...
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Q: If my son has to take a course, what is the cost for that and will it conflict with school?

Does he have to wait until he is 18 to get his driver's license if he has a conviction?

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Jul 25, 2022

The course is online. https://www.nsc.org/safety-training/defensive-driving/nsc-defensive-driving-courses/nsc-state-certified-defensive-driving-courses/illinois/illinois-graduate-to-safety-driver-remedial-educat

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Q: What will happen to my son's permit and how long will it take for him to get his license after receiving a ticket?

My son is 16 years old with a driving permit. He received a speeding ticket going 19 mph over the speed limit. I was in the car with him. What will a conviction do to his permit if I pay and will he have to go to safety driving school if we go to court?

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Jul 24, 2022

Upon a conviction, his GDL restrictions would be extended. What he should do is request court supervision, which will not work against him as a conviction. You will have to attend court with him, and he will be required to complete a special course for underage drivers.

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Q: Do you agree to take SFST’S when you sign for a drivers license?
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Jul 21, 2022

No unless you have a marijuana card there is no implied consent requirement to take those tests and there is no penalty for refusing.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: Are officers supposed to articulate to you what their reason is for wanting to search your vehicle when you ask them?

I was pulled over for an inoperative registration light. The Illinois State Trooper initially acted like it was no big deal until he returned from running my license. Then is when his demeanor changed. He wanted to search my purse, & I consented. When nothing illegal was found there he asked to... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Jul 4, 2022

I don’t know that they specifically have your ridiculator reason but it is certainly suspicious that he didn’t give a reason to you. This is a situation where a lawyer is necessary.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Q: For a DUI misdemeanor in IL, should I answer yes to a criminal history disclosure that I've been convicted of a felony?
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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Jun 13, 2022

The correct answer to the question is “no“.

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Q: Do red light camera tickets In Chicagoland Illinois go on driving record and make you lose your license?

I'm having trouble deciphering the rules of the road in Chicagoland/Chicago Suburbs area. When you get sent a red light camera ticket for going through a red light or making an incorrect turn through those cameras and you pay, how many can you get before it goes on your record? I have gotten... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Jun 8, 2022

No. Like an expensive parking ticket. But pay them to avoid penalties if you must run them.

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Q: Can I request Supervision for a traffic ticket going 89 in a 70? The Court is Whiteside County Courthouse in Illinois.

The ticket does not provide a place to request supervision. Payment can be mailed in. Appearance is not mandatory.

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on May 24, 2022

Most likely, in order to request and receive supervision, you have to go to court. Not all counties have a supervision by mail option.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My 16yr old received a no insurance ticket in a vehicle that is not his. will he lose his license over this. Illinois

I presented my insurance card to the States Attorney office's and that is when i found out my insurance has lapsed. Now he is the one introuble. I have since then insured my vehicle thru a different company. What are we looking at

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on May 2, 2022

Go to court with him along with proof you have insurance now. They will give you court supervision (protecting the license), although they will require him to carry SR 22 for a period of time.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Bankruptcy for Illinois on
Q: Insurer filed Dec 21 a lawsuit for the damage I made in a car accident in Dec 2016. Can the debt be written off?

Untill this year I didn't know that the other driver filed a claim, the approximate damage looked around $1000 but it turned out that he filed a claim for more than $11.000.

I’m not sure if it’d suspend my driver license if I’m not capable of paying that amount. I can’t let... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Apr 13, 2022

You can enter into a payment plan with the insurance company if you can agree upon an amount. As long as you stick with the payment plan your license will not be suspended. Or you can write off the debt and bankruptcy. Or win the case in court.

Otherwise, if they take a judgment and file...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Energy, Oil and Gas for Illinois on
Q: I got two citation at the same time and need to show up at court on the date they specify.

On the citation papers, there is a sentence "Without admitting guilty, I promise to comply with the terms of this ticket and release." Why without admitting guilty? I am fully admitting that I was speeding and willing to comply (showing up in court) and willing to pay fine. So, ready to... Read more »

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answered on Mar 5, 2022

Signing the ticket avoids you’re having to post cash bond. Your signature is your promise to appear in court. They are explaining that by signing the ticket, you are not automatically admitting guilt. The time to admit guilt is when you are in front of the judge. You might consider asking for... Read more »

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Q: I am 17, I was given a speeding ticket for going 69 in 45. But I am unclear in my options or what I need to do.

I was given two pieces of paper, the actual ticket and then something on court supervision and traffic school. There's also an area with a bunch of different fines. I dont know what I need to pay or what I need to do and the officer that pulled me over wasn't helpful.

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Mar 1, 2022

Take the traffic school option. Because of your age you must show up in court and must be with a parent or guardian.

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Q: Should I pay for the school or plead not guilty to avoid the speeding ticket conviction on my record?

Hello, I got a speeding ticket and was given three options of attending the school, plead not guilty, or pay the ticket. I got two tickets about two years ago and was told not to get another for two years to get the record clean. I got three months left to get out of the probation but I ended up... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Nov 25, 2021

If you are over 21 you can have two tickets in a 12 month period before your license as possible suspension. There might be insurance rate consequences of all that is not guaranteed check with your agent. If you are under 21 you can only have one conviction every two years so it would definitely be... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Help with lifetime cdl ban in Illinois.

I had a class A CDL in Illinois. In 2008 I was charged with dui. There was a 6 month statutory summary suspension and my CDL was disqualified for 1 year.

At some point over the next 2 years my license expired and when I went to renew I opted to step down to a regular class D license,... Read more »

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Theodore J. Harvatin
answered on Nov 22, 2021

I have seen where there is a mistake in paper work and it appears that one dui was two separate ones due to non matching arrest dates.

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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 »

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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?

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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.

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