A Little Weed Can Lead to a Big Case!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Jul 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Have you ever heard the phrase, “little hinges swing big doors?” The sentiment behind this saying is a perfect way to describe the topic I would like to discuss today. The matter in question is weed, and how even smoking just a little can lead to big consequences. These consequences play out every day, in every city, in every state across America. In such states like Indiana, where smoking weed is still illegal, this is especially true.  

You may not personally agree with smoking weed. In fact, I had a client the other day who was telling me all about his philosophy on the topic, and how smoking weed was wrong. I believe that it is everyone's right to have their own opinions and thoughts on these matters. That being said, until weed is legalized, it still poses a problem. Let me take you through a scenario that I have seen time and time again as a defense attorney.   

You are stopped for a minor traffic infraction or traffic crime. It might be that your license is suspended, or the tint on your windows is too dark, or that your license plate is in the wrong place. The reasons to be stopped are too many to go through, but the point is, that it all starts with a traffic stop. You pull over and are waiting for the officer to come to the car. Your mind starts spinning, you know you have been smoking weed. The officer approaches the car, and what do they smell? Once they smell the marijuana, whether it be burnt or raw, they then have the right to say, “Mr. or Ms. ________, will you please step out of the car?” The scent of marijuana they picked up on has given them probable cause to remove you from the vehicle and search your car.

For many people in these situations, maybe smoking weed is not the only thing they have going on! What happens when in addition to smoking a little weed, they have pills, or a large quantity of more serious drugs? What if there is a gun in the car they do not have a license for? This is the path so many cases take. It all begins with a traffic stop, the officer smells marijuana which leads to a search, a search that then turns up something much more serious.

You have gone from smoking a little bit of weed, to now having a big case. The next time you think about smoking and getting behind the wheel, or the next time you are in the car with your boys, and they want to roll up one up and smoke, you may want to consider the way that scenario could play out. I am not condoning it, or telling anybody to break the law, but I know full well that there are some people who are not going to stop smoking. All I ask is that you consider the phrase, “little hinges swing big doors.” Remember, a little weed can lead to a big case.

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Corey L. Scott

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.


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