Never Leave Court Without This!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Nov 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

The good book tells us, “In all of your getting, get an understanding.”

In a court of law, acting cool will get you nowhere. Over the course of my career, I have witnessed countless individuals get so caught up in looking nonchalant or unimpressed in the courtroom, that they have let important information shared by a judge go right over their head. I have witnessed individuals clearly answer their attorney, “no,” when asked if they have any questions about the process, only for it to become apparent later that they were not on the same page at all.

Recently, I had a client who was told by a judge where he needed to report for his probation interview, and on what specific day. My client gave verbal confirmation that he understood, yet lo and behold, blew off the interview. This interview is an important part of the process, that when missed may result in a court order for the individual to be taken back into custody.  When I followed up with this client and tried to figure out what happened, he stated that he didn't understand or remember the instructions.

There have been other times where I have followed up with clients to discover that they did have questions but held back from fear of looking foolish or unintelligent. Court is the last place you want your pride to get in the way of clarity. If you do not understand something, please ask for an explanation. There are no silly questions, and no question that you should not ask or have answered.

I hope that this has been helpful to you. If you have any questions regarding this post or anything else, feel free to give me a call, or send me an email. I am always more than happy to help. Remember, if you have to be guilty of anything, be guilty of greatness.

About the Author

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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