There are two key factors to focus on: rating and reviews. Reading about the experiences of former clients will give you a good idea of who the attorney is, how well he treats his clients, and how he handles his cases. I recommend using Avvo.com, which is an excellent attorney directory. Google is also a great source for local reviews.
Once you’ve found a couple of highly rated attorneys in your area, definitely set up an initial consultation to discuss your case. During this consultation the lawyer should be focused on educating you about the process and coming up with a solid plan of attack for your defense.
*THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANYTHING HIDING BEHIND THE CURTAIN. THE BEST LAWYERS WILL LAY OUT THE FULL PLAN OF ATTACK RIGHT AWAY INSTEAD OF GIVING YOU A SLIVER OF INFO AND PRESSURING YOU INTO HIRING THEM ON THE SPOT.