Why You Should Never Tell Police Your Side of the Story!!!

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Mar 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

A police investigation can be a scary and intimidating experience. Law enforcement will use all sorts of tactics in order to get a confession from the accused. Sometimes, they will even present themselves to be on their side and ask for their side of the story so they can help.

But people should not fall for this. In fact, many individuals are sitting behind bars right now because they took on that proposition and told the police their side of the story.


Your Side of the Story vs. Your Defense

While a trial can be likened to a quest to uncover the truth, it is more so a competition between two stories. Depending on the facts of the case, the evidence presented, and the arguments made, only one side of the story prevails.

In criminal cases, the State has to prove its story beyond a reasonable doubt. And contrary to popular belief, the accused does not tell their actual story. Instead they respond to the States accusations with the other side of the story. In short, their defense becomes their story.


Telling Your Story is Self-Incrimination

Even a defendant in a criminal case is protected by their fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. And telling their story, whether to the police officer or in court violates that right.

When an accused tells their side of the story, they are giving the police officers and the State the license to change, exaggerate, and delete parts of it. This can severely mess up the facts of the case and hurt their chances of acquittal.


The Only Person Who Can Know Your Side of the Story

An accused side of the story should be protected at all costs. The only person who can know about it is their defense lawyer. Their attorney, who has their best interest at heart, will figure out how the story best serves the accused and present it in a way that advocates for their life and liberty.

Anyone involved in a criminal case should remember that police officers or State prosecutors are not their friends. These are the people trying to put them behind bars and take away their freedom. So they should never know the accused's side of the story.

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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