It is important to find a lawyer who practices criminal law in the county where you have been charged. You want a lawyer who knows the judges and prosecutors in the charging county and who has a good reputation in the community. Find a lawyer who has offices near the county where you have been charged. This does not include the temporary offices some lawyers rent for the day. Look for a lawyer who has tried a criminal case in the last year and who has experience in the type of crime you are facing. You should want someone who can be forthright and honest, not a salesman, smoke blower, or shark.