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Theodore J. Harvatin

Theodore J. Harvatin

Harvatin Law Offices PC
  • DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets, Workers' Compensation
  • Illinois
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My practice is limited primarily to two areas, driver's license reinstatement and worker's compensation/personal injury. 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). I previously represented insurance companies defending worker's compensation and personal injury cases. These experiences have provided me with the opportunity to understand how the opposing side thinks and operates.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Workers' Compensation
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.
  • Contingent Fees
    For worker's compensation and personal injury matters.
  • 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
- Current
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
- Current
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
- Current
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.
Articles & Publications
Publications, speaking engagements and reported cases
Speaking Engagements
DUI and Traffic Issues for the Defense, Updates to legislation and administrative rules governing Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings.
DUI and Traffic Law Update, Updates to legislation and administrative rules governing Illinois Secretary of State Driver's License Hearings
Legal Answers
158 Questions Answered

Q. I paid my traffic ticket but it doesn't show up in the DMV records computer what do I do
A: Contact the circuit clerk of the county where you paid it. They are the agency that reports cases to the Secretary of State.
Q. If I register a vehicle in my name (favor for a family member) will I be responsible for their traffic violations?
A: Don't do it. Too many pitfalls to get into here. I have seen a lot of people burned from doing this.
Q. is conditional discharge and court supervision the same? can a person get conditional discharge and court supervision?
A: Not the same. CD is a conviction. It’s like probation but you don’t have to see a PO.
Q. What happens when you pay a seatbelt ticket late?
A: I would call the clerk. Your payment and their letter probably crossed. If so ask them to notify Secretary of State to remove the NP45 from your record. Secretary of State will have an internal stop on your record. As thr letter states this will prevent you from renewing your drivers license or if you were revoked before this, would’ve prevented them from reinstating your license. 217 558-6258 is the automated system to check the status of your drivers license.
Q. i’m 17 w 2 ticket violations within 8 month time period what can happen
A: no. What you should have done is requested court supervision on at least one of them. By the way, once the suspension is over, if you get any further convictions before you turn 21, you will be suspended again probably for at least 6 months.
Q. I'm in Illinois and the officer who cited my ticket basically refused to explain my ticket to me.
A: Nothing. The officer is not required to chat you up,explain or defend his position. That’s what judges are for.
Q. I got pulled over on the interstate by a cop that was 5 miles and 2 cities away. Does he have jurisdiction?
A: Most police forces have interagency cooperation agreements. You could probably obtain theirs with a freedom of information act request
Q. Had online traffic school for my speeding ticket. Only did about 40% of it, did not do the rest. What will happen now?
A: Your supervision will be revoked and a conviction will be entered on your driving record.
Q. What would the outcome be for a first-time speeding ticket offense for a Florida resident driving in Illinois?
A: Call the State’s atty office in Fayette County. Tell them you live out of state and want supervision (that makes it a non conviction that won’t cause points). It will cost around $500. They can make it happen without an appearance. Phone: (618) 283-5040
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Harvatin Law Offices PC
1100 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 525-0520
Fax: (217) 525-0901