Criminal defense cases cover both criminal suits — charges brought by the government to punish an individual for an act classified as a crime — and civil suits — claims brought by individuals or organizations as a dispute over rights and duties.
NO. Unless the officer or detective is your next door neighbor and you are discussing plans for a BBQ, you should never ever speak to law enforcement without an attorney present, and you should almost never speak to law enforcement even with an attorney present. The bottom line is this: “everything you say can, and will, be used against you”. You have everything to lose from speaking to police regarding a crime that has been commited, but almost never anyhting to gain. I can think of many past clients of mine who hurt themselves by speaking with authorities before retaining a lawyer, however not one comes to mind that benefitted from speaking with police. Law professor, James Duane from the Regent University School of Law has a great video presentation on why you should never speak to police regarding a criminal matter. The presentation is appropriately titled “Don’t Talk to Police”, and provides a relatively in depth lecture on why speaking to police about criminal matters is generally a very bad idea. I have attached a link to the video below. “Don’t Talk to Police” by Professor James Duane