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Theodore J. Harvatin

Theodore J. Harvatin

Harvatin Law Offices PC
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets, Social Security Disability
  • Illinois
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My practice is limited primarily to two areas, driver's license reinstatement and DUI. My background affords you a unique perspective.

For all of your professional needs, call Ted at 217-525-0520.

For 15 years, I heard driver's license cases as a contractual hearing officer for the Secretary of State (DMV). This experiences has provided me with the opportunity to understand how the opposing side thinks and operates.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Social Security Disability
Additional Practice Area
  • Driver's License Reinstatement
  • Free Consultation
    Initial telephone consultation with experienced and knowledgeable staff. I will follow up.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    VISA, Master Card, American Express, Discover and Electronic Checks.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For driver's license hearings, partial payment with balance not due until day of hearing, affording you the opportunity to budget your fees.
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  • English
Professional Experience
Harvatin Law Offices PC
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I began practicing law in Springfield Illinois in 1981. In 2000, my partner became a judge, and I have been solo since that time. I formerly took on virtually any case. But the law has now grown too complicated for me to be "all things to all people". As a result, I limit my practice to a few areas, and I know the law in those areas quite well.
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
J.D. | Law
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Knox College
B.A. | Ecnomics and Business
Honors: Honors: Cum Laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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Mensa Society
Membership in Mensa is open to persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised. There is no other qualification or disqualification for membership eligibility.
Professional Associations
Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association
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Activities: Statewide organization whose members, through the courts, public opinion and the elective process, advance the interests of injury victims.
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Illinois State Bar Association
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Activities: Association of Illinois lawyers who work to improve the legal process.
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Sangamon County Bar Association
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Activities: Springfield is the seat of government for Sangamon County. Abraham Lincoln practiced law here. The Association strives to carry on the traditions of Lincoln to improve the delivery of legal services to our community.
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391 Questions Answered

Q. I have traffic court 03/26/2020 in McHenry County. I know the courts are closed but what happens with my tickets?
A: They will notify you of a new date.
Q. What happens when on court supervision for a ticket in August 2019 & receive a following too close?
A: Mr. Davis’ advice is spot 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?
A: No. And no.
Q. I was issued tickets, but they were never handed to me. They gave them to my mom, I was in the hospital.
A: You own the tickets. You should consider obtaining a lawyer to help defend the charges.
Q. Please explain why my son is required to go to court, rather than paying the ticket and having insurance deal with it.
A: 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 chance the ticket will be dropped since the other driver probably will not show up.
Q. Hello, under what circumstances is traffic school required for a speeding ticket with court supervision?
A: 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.
Q. How to read type 55 court supervision end date from my driving abstract.
A: 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.
Q. Can I get out of paying traffic ticket if judge forgot to have me sign the court order?
A: 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.
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
A: 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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Contact & Map
Harvatin Law Offices PC
1100 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 525-0520
Fax: (217) 525-0901