The Four Most Important Words When Dealing With Police

Posted by Corey L. Scott | May 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Four Most Important Words to Remember in Any Police Encounter

 “I want a lawyer”

These words are perhaps the four most important words to remember in any police encounter.

These four little words, when spoken, bring your sixth amendment right to an attorney into play. This is significant, because once you raise the sixth amendment and have clearly expressed your desire for an attorney, all questions must stop immediately. You say those words and any interrogation, any questions from the police, must come to a stop.

There is one other piece of advice that is just as vital to know. I strongly advise you to say those four words, and only those four words. The reason why I suggest this, is because how you request an attorney is nearly as important as the request itself. Here are a few real-life examples of unsuccessful attempts to use the sixth amendment:

“Maybe I should talk to a lawyer”

“Excuse me, if I am right, I can have a lawyer present through this, right? I think I would like to talk to a lawyer.”

“What time will I see a lawyer?”

“I think I want a lawyer”

“I can't afford a lawyer, but is there any way that I can get one?”

“Could I call my lawyer?”

“Do you think I need a lawyer?”


Each of those statements were spoken by an individual suspected of a crime, attempting to invoke their sixth amendment right. Because police determined that these individuals weren't clear or direct, or found that their language was ambiguous, they persisted with their line of questioning. While some of those requests could be interpreted as unclear, there

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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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