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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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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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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355 Questions Answered

Q. Can I get court supervision twice in one year?
A: I don't see how you could receive supervision without appearing but maybe the ticket is in one of the few jurisdictions that lets you do it by mail. Or maybe the cop is wrong.
Q. Well I’m a truck driver. And I came to a complete stop. Another driver hit me on the right side
A: I imagine she told a different story. Cop is not the ultimate decision-maker and he did not witness the crash. You need to plead not guilty and show up in court.
Q. I recieved a letter in mail stating I owe 800 for red light camera tickets, from 2015,16. I just got the notice 10/24/19
A: That ship sailed a long time ago.
Q. I was driving my car and it didn’t have insurance at the time I had house fire and needed to move it off the street.
A: Bring proof to court. They will offer supervision. You will pay a fine and carry SR22 for three years but won’t be suspended.
Q. Should I get a lawyer for speeding in school zone?
A: Without a lawyer: you plead guilty pay a fine and get a conviction. Or you go to trial don’t know what you are doing and probably lose.
Q. I’m 20 I just got my first ticket for doing a 55 in a 30. I have to go to court. I’m scared and I don’t know what to do
A: Ask for court supervision. At 25 over it's just a traffic ticket.
Q. I was cited going 92 in a 70 by Illinois state police - the officer didn't sign or date the ticket. Can I get out of it?
A: Not on those grounds.
Q. Was pulled over and given a court date for not having an up to date insurance but it was up to date?
A: Yes.
Q. I have a hearing to get my license back and I'm on supervision do I admit to supervision or can I say no I have not been
A: One of the questions on the application asks whether or not you have received a ticket or court supervision in the past 6 months. And anyway, they will run your current driving record and the supervision will show up.
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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