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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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Summary

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
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • Google Hangouts
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
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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Legal Answers
399 Questions Answered

Q. Hi everyone. I have a question of this. I had a ticket from Mclean County..
A: That is most likely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Skeleton staff’s so all cases were most likely automatically continued
Q. 37 yrs ago my husband had a dui in pensacola florida went to court $1000 fine he paid and 100 days community service
A: Yes the problem pointer driver system finally caught up with him. It is designed to prevent people who have an open DUI in one state from getting a license in another. He will need to have an administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. Since he lives out of state, he can do this in person or through the mail. With the secretary state being closed until at least June 1 and probably later, his best play would be to submit an out-of-state packet. presently. If he needs an evaluation (he may not)now would be the time to do it because it can be done remotely using an Illinois agency rather than trying to deal with an out-of-state agency that won’t understand the Secretary of State process. I do have concerns about the fact that he has an outstanding warrant. That may or may not create a roadblock with Illinois depending upon how it shows up on PDPS.
Q. I got my first speeding ticket on the expressway in Tazewell county, going 26 over the limit can it be dismissed ?
A: You don't indicate on what basis it would be dismissed. You don't get one free pass on a first ticket. You should request court supervision.
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Harvatin Law Offices PC
1100 S 5th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 525-0520
Fax: (217) 525-0901
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