Should You Stay and Fight or Cut and Run?

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Jul 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Never make a long-term decision based on a short-term circumstance.

If you find yourself behind bars facing a criminal case, the best advice I can give is to never make a long-term decision based upon a short-term circumstance.

Imagine you are sitting in your local county jail, awaiting a trial on charges you believe that you are innocent of. You have just come back from your bail review, where the judge decided not to reduce your bond. So, you find yourself in a situation where it seems your only option is to wait in the county jail until your trial, which could be anywhere from 30 to 45 days out. Strangely enough, right after you receive the bad news about your bond not being reduced, a plea offer is made! “If you will just sign on the dotted line, admitting that you did this, we can have you out of here by tomorrow!”

I understand that this is some very hard advice I am giving. I am literally telling you to not take the immediate route home, no matter how tempting it might be, and to stick to your guns instead if you truly believe in your case. If you are maintaining your innocence, actually maintain your innocence and get your day in court. I cannot promise that it will work out in your favor. What I can tell you is this: after doing this for almost 19 years, I have heard far too many stories from individuals who are experiencing difficulty securing housing, or have lost out on multiple opportunities, or who have been turned down for yet another job. There are endless examples of convictions coming back to haunt you.

These individuals also all share the same sentiment. They realize they were convicted and understood the plea, but just could not resist the chance to go home. They had no idea that this decision would still be plaguing them three years, five years, or eight years after the fact. If they had known that one conviction was going to close so many doors, they would have taken it to trial and waited for their day in court.

If you are facing that same scenario, my advice to you is to never ever make a long-term decision based upon a short-term situation. My name is Corey Scott. If I can be of any further help to you, please reach out. I would be more than happy to talk to you. Until then, take great care, make good decisions. 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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