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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
26 Questions Answered

Q. I was pulled over with an expired license (less than a year) in Illinois and have a court appearance scheduled.
A: Renew your registration and take proof to court. They should dismiss it.
Q. Is there a law in Illinois about a minimum amount of days before an initial court date? driving on suspended lic. charge
A: You are going to find that the police agencies probably have “key dates” for intiial court appearances and the judges recognize those. Update your address with Sec of State. Notice probably went to an old address.
Q. Could I get my Suspended License back early?
A: You should take the vacated disposition to the Secretary of State which will remove the suspension.
Q. I received a ticket in illinois for 22 over and was given a court date. I live out of state is it possible to pay the
A: In many jurisdictions a lawyer can appear in your place and obtain a no points disposition.
Q. What are the lightest punishments I can get for a first-time DUI conviction?
A: A fine.
Q. Since Wisconsin doesn't recognize supervision, will I have to let the court know?
A: It’s up to Illinois to report it to WI. You have no obligation to self report. WI might call it pretrial diversion, or deferred prosecution or some other name that means you plead guilty but are not convicted. That is what supervision is all about.
Q. I live in Wisconsin and got a ticket in Illinois and received court supervision. Does Wisconsin recognize that?
A: Illinois does not typically report to other states supervision for minor traffic offenses.
Q. My driving record shows "supervision" for a ticket. Can my car insurance raise my premium?
A: The insurance company will not see supervision on the general abstract. That only shows up on court purposes abstract.
Q. The ticket court date is not clear. Looked like 12/11. I paid fine on 10/16. But got notice that I missed the 10/11 pay
A: The clerk cannot over write a court order. You should ask the clerk how you would get in front of a judge to straighten it out.
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Contact & Map
Harvatin Law Offices PC
1100 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Toll-Free: (800) 829-8513
Telephone: (217) 525-0520
Fax: (217) 525-0901