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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
248 Questions Answered

Q. Can you still get a DUI if you're below .08?
A: Yes. Just like you can if you don’t blow at all.
Q. If I sounded drunk on an audio recording 4 days after abandoning my taxi cab...can I be prossicuted for a DUI?
A: Highly unlikely without any other physical evidence.
Q. Does the Illinois 3 tickets in 12 months counter restart from zero after a suspension?
A: Great question. That thrird ticket doesn’t count as the first one in round 2. Also remember that supervision doesn’t count.
Q. On my speeding ticket, it says that I was going "45 MPH in a 59 MPH zone". Will this ticket be thrown out due to error?
A: Easily remedied in court.
Q. 1yr after traffic school/court supervision (speeding), so "no conviction" on record, do I have a "moving violation"?
A: The answer is "yes'. She has had one but was not convicted of it. It's confusing because it goes down as an offense (she pled guilty) but not as a conviction.
Q. Violated court supervision
A: They have to file papers and tell you and do it before your supervision is over.
Q. Can you get a DUI for less than .08?
A: Yes.
Q. I have an IL license - received separate tickets in Iowa, 1 for speeding and 1 for texting while driving within 4 months
A: You are subject to the laws of Illinois when you drive with an Illinois license. Texting is not a moving violation unless you had a previous violation on your record.
Q. The speeding ticket has three option. A, B, and C. B is with TSS. Is that same as supervision?
A: Yes. It would prevent a conviction.
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Harvatin Law Offices PC
1100 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 525-0520
Fax: (217) 525-0901