Criminal Defense Attorney Calls BS!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Feb 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

My name is Corey Scott, and I am a criminal defense attorney here in Indianapolis, Indiana. As you can imagine with almost 20 years practicing in this area, I have heard just about everything. It seems like every day someone comes into my office with some type of misinformation. For example, the other day I had an individual come to me with the belief that you are entitled to at least three different plea offers from the State of Indiana over the course of any case. Somewhere, somehow, somebody must be passing along this idea, because surprisingly this was not the first time I had heard this. Let me be perfectly clear when I tell you that this belief could not be further from the truth.

To understand how nonsensical this idea is, I will have to provide you with some context. In truth, 97% of cases in state courts are resolved by way of plea agreements, with very few cases making their way to trial before a judge or jury. That being said, the notion of being entitled to not one, but three plea agreements is absurd. In fact, you are not entitled to a plea deal at all. There are some cases that are so serious, murder for example, that the State of Indiana will not even offer a plea agreement. The specifics of a case, or the defendant's history may also advise the court against offering a plea agreement.

So, if you know anybody with this crazy belief, or if someone tries to tell you this, please stop the spread of misinformation and share this with them right now! The State of Indiana is under no obligation to offer you a plea agreement. I hope that this has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I am always more than happy to talk with you. Until next time, remember, if you have to be guilty of anything, why not be guilty of greatness? 

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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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