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Theodore J. Harvatin

Theodore J. Harvatin

Harvatin Law Offices PC
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • Illinois
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Biography

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
Suspended License
Additional Practice Area
  • Driver's License Reinstatement
Fees
  • 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
Illinois
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U.S. Federal Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
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.
Education
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
J.D. | Law
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Knox College
B.A. | Ecnomics and Business
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Honors: Honors: Cum Laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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Awards
Membership
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
Member
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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
Member
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Activities: Association of Illinois lawyers who work to improve the legal process.
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Sangamon County Bar Association
Member
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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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Publications
Articles & Publications
https://www.harvatinlaw.com/theodore-j-harvatin.html
DUI Will Travel: When Drunk Driving Cases Cross State Lines.
Illinois Bar Journal
Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases: Driver’s License Hearings with the Illinois Secretary of State
Lorman Educational Services
Court Supervision in Traffic Cases: New Strategies for Amended Laws
llinois Bar Journal
Speaking Engagements
MDDP, RDP, and CDL issues, DUI and Traffic Law Update, Naperville, Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
CDL issues, including "masking"; Court Supervision Updates, DUI and Traffic Law Update, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Updates to legislation and administrative rules governing Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings, DUI and Traffic Law Update, East Peoria, Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Additional topic: Suspensions for traffic law violations, supervision, CDL and GDL issue.
Updates to legislation and administrative rules governing Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings., DUI and Traffic Law Update, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Updates to legislation and administrative rules governing Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings, DUI & Traffic Issues for the Defense, Naperville, Illinois
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Updates to legislation and administrative rules governing Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings., DUI and Traffic Law Update, Bloomington, Illinois.
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings; Court Supervision Updates; CDL and GDL Issues, DUI and Traffic Law Update
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings; Court Supervision Updates; CDL and GDL Issues; Discovery, Videotapes and Kladis, DUI and Traffic Law Update
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings; Court Supervision Updates; CDL and GDL Issues; Discovery, Videotapes and Kladis, DUI and Traffic Law Update
Illinois State Bar Association Traffic Law and Courts Section Council
Illinois Secretary of State Rules and Hearings, DUI: Beyond the Courtroom
Illinois Institute for Continuing legal Education
Administrative Law in Illinois, Illinois Secretary of State Administrative Hearings
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
DUI Defense Strategies, Illinois Secretary of State Issues
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Traffic Law Update, Law Ed Series
Illinois State Bar Association
Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases: Driver’s License Hearings with the Illinois Secretary of State, Springfield, Illinois
Lorman Educational Services
The Prairie Lawyer, Driver’s License Hearings with the Illinois Secretary of State.
Local public access cable television program
Worker’s Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Rehabilitation Services Retreat, Shelbyville, Illinois
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Theodore J. Harvatin's Website Profile
Website
Harvatin Law Offices PC Website
Blog
Illinois DUI Lawyer Blawg
Legal Answers
519 Questions Answered
Q. Would I receive a court communication copy of the complaint if I didn’t get told to go to court.
A: I may be misunderstanding your question, but in a regular traffic ticket, the ticket itself is your complaint, which includes the allegations against you, the legal code you are led to violated and the date time and location of your first court appearance.
Q. I got pulled over for not using my turn signal. If an officer was going to write a ticket well I get it the same night ?
A: They can mail it. Hand deliver. No requirement that they hand you the ticket on the spot.
Q. Will County Court Supervision granted for speeding (second offense)
A: Practices on these maters vary by jurisdiction so a Will County judge would now better. A judge can give supervision to you up to two times in a period of 12 months. I think you get probably qualify again. I don't think it maters how you do it.
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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
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed