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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
  • English
Professional Experience
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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
Knox College
B.A. | Ecnomics and Business
Honors: Honors: Cum Laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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.
Illinois State Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Association of Illinois lawyers who work to improve the legal process.
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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315 Questions Answered

Q. Is there a way to avoid having to complete a SATOP course?
A: When you apply, Illinois will check the national registry. Most likely you will be listed as “not eligible“ in Missouri due to not completing the required courses. If that happens, Illinois will not license you.
Q. My daughter got her first ticket. She is 20 years old.
A: In order to receive supervision both you and your daughter must appear. And she must take a safe driving course as part of her supervision. They don’t usually throw out a ticket just because it’s the first one.
Q. Illinois had a DUI plead guilty for supervision... do I have to go back because of a red light ticket.
A: Those are like expensive parking tickets. Not a moving violation and I doubt the prosecutor in your supervision case will even be aware of it and or care. If they do, they have to file papers and notify you.
Q. Hello, I looked up my two unpaid traffic tickets and the status says I still have to pay the fines?
A: File closed. Civil judgment sent to a collection agency. Most likely. Your license is or probably will be suspended
Q. I got a ticket for going 83 in a 55 zone. The officer said and marked no court appearance required. Now I have to go?
A: Yes. Appear in court
Q. Willl my license get suspended? Will it go on a criminal record ? What is a individual bond.
A: That’s just the bond. You are in danger of losing your license. This charge is a crime not a ticket. Find a lawyer
Q. I got a 2 tickets for driving on expired plates and speeding 15-20 over posted speed limit.
A: That does not represent the fine. Bring in proof your plates are current and ask for supervision on the speeding ticket.
Q. I had two DUI's the last was 8 years ago. What do I need to do to get my license back in Illinois
A: You will need a hearing with the Secretary of State after obtaining the necessary documentation, including a drug/alcohol evaluation and any recommendations for follow up. This is an oversimplification of a complicated process.
Q. I have two pending cases but the clerk of courts sent a guilty verdict to the State of Ill
A: No But you can get the convictions removed for now by notifying the clerk of the error.
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Harvatin Law Offices PC
1100 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 525-0520
Fax: (217) 525-0901