I would also recommend consulting with Attorneys whose practice is solely Criminal Defense. Attorneys who exclusively practice Criminal Defense are abreast of the new laws in the field of criminal defense and apply all their efforts and resources to defending those with criminal matters. Also, Criminal Defense Attorneys are always at the Criminal Justice Complex (201 Poplar) which means your case will be handled in a timely manner on each court date.
I suggest you not seek out the cheapest Attorney, but one you feel comfortable with and one who knows the law as it applies to your particular situation. By researching particular Attorneys online, you can get a feel for their abilities and experiences and most importantly, their experiences with past Clients. Pay close attention to their "ratings" as these are a good indicator of their ability to interact professionally with Clients and their ability to resolve cases in the best interests of their Clients.
Also, I suggest asking Courtroom Personnel (Deputies & Clerks), for recommendations of Attorneys you could contact for legal help. Often these Courtroom Personnel have longstanding knowledge of those Attorneys with good reputations and those you should steer clear of.
You should not in my opinion, retain a General Practitioner, one who practices in all areas of the Law (Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Class Action Lawsuits, Divorces, etc.), because these Attorneys are spread thin and often are needed in various courtrooms to handle a wide range of legal matters on any given day. While this can and is done on a daily basis, its in your best interest to retain someone who exclusively practices criminal law and is at the Criminal Justice Complex ready and willing to handle your criminal matter.
Finally, because your Liberty is at stake, its imperative to invest the time to find an Attorney who will take your fight for justice and hold it in the highest regard. If you are looking to retain an Attorney to handle your criminal matter, please contact Tawanda Williams Law Office, PLLC, for a Free Consultation at 901-206-8200.