What You Don't Know Can DEFINITELY HURT YOU!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Dec 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are a few popular phrases and notions that folks have been saying for years and years, that I just need to call out. Take for example, “ignorance is bliss.” I would like to argue that ignorance is not bliss at all. Another popular one goes, “what you don't know can't hurt you.” This saying could not be more untrue. When I say these sayings are untrue, I am of course talking their application in my arena, which is the law. There is nothing blissful about being ignorant, because in a court of law, what you don't know really can hurt you.

If you don't know anything about The Fourth Amendment, which covers your rights against unreasonable search and seizures, you may consent to something you had the right to deny law enforcement to in the first place. With your consent to search, the police may find drugs or something that could implicate you in serious crime. I have even witnessed this happen with one of the most serious crimes- murder.

Suppose you do not know anything about the Fifth Amendment, which protects against self-incrimination, your right to remain silent, and your right to speak with counsel. I do not even have to go into all the reasons why being unfamiliar with this amendment can hurt you. If you are unaware that saying, “I am not saying anything, I want an attorney,” is the only thing you need to say to stop an interrogation in its tracks, it is likely you might end up saying something you will regret later. When you say something on record that you did not have to say, it will end up being played. There is a reason that they say, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” If you say it, it will be used against you. Is ignorance bliss when you make a statement, and that statement ends up being the only thing that causes you to be convicted?

There are many other pieces of knowledge that could cause harm to the uninformed. Unfamiliarity with the Sixth Amendment, which is the right to confront witnesses and the right to actual counsel, is another example of a lack of information being detrimental. I strongly encourage that every one of you get ahold of a copy of the United States Constitution. You need to read about all these rights. What you can do even before reading The Constitution, is go online and look up your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. By taking these simple actions, you can put yourself in a position where you are armed with the knowledge you need if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation. Do not put it off, do it now. Make sure to pass the information you learn along to someone you know and let them know I said you that they need to know it as well. I do not want to hear about any of you getting into a bad situation that was totally unnecessary. I hope that this has been helpful. Share this with other people, and do it right now, do not delay! The life and liberty that you save could be your own. Take great care.

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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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