It has been said that the only certain things in life are death and taxes. While there is some truth to this statement, here is another truth, most of us will be stopped by the police at some point in our lives. With this in mind, I humbly offer these rules in hopes that they will be helpful in your time of need. First, if you are pulled over for a traffic stop, provide your driver's license and registration and be respectful to the officer. Second, before police officers ask you any incriminating questions (a question that asks you to possibly admit criminal behavior. For example, do you have any drugs in the car or have you been drinking tonight), they are supposed to inform you that you have a right to remain silent and that anything you say can be used against you in court. Third, if you are uncomfortable answering a question, you can tell the police that you wish to remain silent and that you want an attorney. Fourth, prior to consenting to any search, you have a right to consult with an attorney. You have the right to say no to a request to search your car. Fifth, do not be fooled by promises to let you go or to not file charges as these are likely just empty promises to get you to make a statement or consent to a search. Bottom line, you are not going to talk your way out of an arrest and police do not decide if charges will be filed, the Prosecutor does. Be respectful. Know you rights, knowledge is power. Remain silent. Just say no to searches. If you are driving on a suspended license with a prior conviction, you can be arrested and the police can likely search you and your car, so please HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.
About the Author
Corey L. Scott, was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon graduation from East Chicago Central High School, Corey attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. Upon graduation, Corey accepted a position with the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division where he served with distinction for the next nine years, eventually being promoted to Director of the Youth Counseling Department. Pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney, Corey attended the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. While in law school, Corey was an Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) fellow and participated in Moot Court competitions. He also worked in the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division as a bailiff and research assistant to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, who serves as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Corey also served as an internship law clerk to the Honorable Judge, Margret G. Robb, at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Finally, upon graduation from law school, Corey had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice, Robert D. Rucker, who sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Corey then became an associate with Mike Norris Law Office, where he specialized in bankruptcy law with a main concentration on working to assist families obtain a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Still a young attorney, Corey then served as a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency. In this position, Corey gained invaluable trial experience by defending clients in a wide range of matters from misdemeanors to serious felonies on a daily basis. It was also during this time that Corey discovered his passion for representing and serving "everyday people." An entrepreneur at heart, Corey established the Law Office of Corey L. Scott, P.C. Since then, he and his staff have served the greater Indianapolis community and surrounding counties in several legal disciplines including: Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Family Law. In keeping with his vision, Corey L. Scott, P.C., is a client focused, results oriented general law practice that endeavors to provide legal solutions for "everyday people" charged with a crime, dealing with financial crisis or going through a difficult divorce. Corey has also been active serving the greater Indianapolis community by participating in pro bono programs such as "Ask a Lawyer," the "Modest Means" panel program which allows individuals to afford legal counsel at a fraction of normal rates, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Heartland Pro Bono Council program. Corey is a proud member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.