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A Midwest police officer was recently recognized by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for making his 300th DUI arrest. Officer Joe Ziolkowski celebrated his 300th arrest milestone at a village board meeting in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Only one other Mount Prospect police officer has attained that number of DUI arrests in the police station's history.

In addition to his recognition from Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, Ziolkowski will also receive recognition from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Several other officers will be honored as well, including three officers who made 75, 50 and 25 DUI arrests in their careers.

A Highly Decorated Officer

Ziolkowski has served the Mount Pleasant community for 25 years. He was previously named Officer of the Year in 2002, and received runner-up nominations in 1994, 2000 and 2007. Additionally Ziolkowski received special recognition in 1995 and 1997 for achievements in arresting drunk drivers. Finally, in 2007, he was decorated with the Award of Merit from the Cook County Sheriff's office because of his Outstanding Service and Professionalism.

A DUI Arrest Does Not Necessarily Mean a DUI Conviction

Police are often encouraged and rewarded for their diligent efforts in keeping our nation's roads free of inebriated drivers. The job they perform in this regard is important and it does help to keep our roadways safer. However, police are not infallible and sometimes they arrest the wrong person on drunk driving charges.

Drivers who face a driving while intoxicated charge will have the chance to defend themselves against the allegations in court. Indeed, all of the 300 drivers arrested by Officer Ziolkowski had the right to their day in court in which to defend themselves. Furthermore, it is highly likely that many of the drivers Officer Ziolkowski took into custody were later able to successfully fight the allegations and get them dropped, dismissed or achieve a verdict of not guilty. While there is no way to predict the outcome of any given case, individuals can certainly try to defend themselves and/or seek to reach a plea bargain agreement in exchange for reduced punishments.

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