Questions Answered by Theodore J. Harvatin

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

Q: My court date for a suspended license is on December 14. 1500 fee. Do I have to pay this fee before December 14?

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 3, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
That isn’t the fee. It’s the bond amount if you don’t appear.

Fines are assessed by a judge who will give you time to pay if you need.

Q: What's the worst possible penalty for a first time DUI in IL?

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 1, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
There are over a dozen ways it can be a felony. Assuming it’s not a felony it is a class A misdemeanor.

A conviction carries a penalty of up to 364 days in jail and or a fine of up to $2500. Your driver’s license would be revoked and you would have to wait a year to petition the Secretary of State to return it to you, which is not automatic.

Your license is subject to a suspension for 6-12 months independent of what happens to the criminal charges. There are ways to...

Q: I went to court plead guilty for a ticket have to pay 306 can I request a continuance if I do not have the money to pay?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 18, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Yes either continue it or put you on a payment plan

Q: Second Aggravated Speeding Ticket while on an Aggravated Speeding ticket at 19 in Illinois. Jail?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Probably need to hire a lawyer and try for supervision on at least one and maybe a speed reduction. Jail is unlikely but if you are convicted of both your license will be suspended probably for a year.

Q: Kids were drinking at my house without my knowing, then got pulled over - am I on the hook at all?

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Highly unlikely without knowledge. You are not responsible for your kids' crimes in this situation if it's as you say it is.

Q: Open seal alcohol ticket as passenger. Court supervision or conviction. Will this be on my driving record/insurance?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 2, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Trick here is to make sure it gets reported as a passenger conviction 11-502 (b) not 502(a). If it’s don’t that way you don’t need supervision

Q: Is it possible to disprove breathalyzer results?

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 18, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Yes but it is much harder than attacking blood test results provided it was properly administered.

Q: Pulled over doing 102 mph in a 70 mph. My IA driver's license was expired since April. Do I need a lawyer ?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Yes. You are facing a misdemeanor and a traffic ticket.

Q: I got my first ticket ever driving 31mph over the speed limit in a construction zone. Will my license be suspended?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
No but it is a class B misdemeanor so you should try for a reduction in the speed and supervision

Q: I have gotten two speeding tickets with a GDL. Is there any way I can avoid a license suspension?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 9, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
Try for court supervision. If both are in same county get a lawyer. I recommend David Winer

Q: 1 d.u.i. only traffic offense ever, 11 years ago, sentenced to 365 in jail,how do i get D.L. back,

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 8, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
You must have a hearing with the Secretary of State. You have to demonstrate that if you are given the right to drive you can do so without getting behind the wheel intoxicated. I do not understand how you were convicted of DUI in Sangamon County with ..095 BAC on a first offense.

Anyway you should seek a lawyer for a better outcome on the hearing. There are hundreds of pages of rules that outline the requirements. If you see an informal hearing officer he or she will make it sound...

Q: I am on two court supervisions one that expires in November of this year and the other one for a year.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Theodore J. Harvatin's answer
There are too many variables to answer other than to say it depends. Nothing happens automatically so get a lawyer and get ahead of it.

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