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Local criminal defense lawyers will be familiar with the defenses and sentencing alternatives. Be prepared to give your lawyer all relevant mental health records.
You should always find an attorney with whom you are comfortable with and with whom you can talk. Many attorneys are in court during the day. Try providing him/her with a way to reach you in the evenings.
Don't jump ship on this lawyer until he has had time to review your case, file the appropriate motions or advise you.
Each county is different. Verify that your lawyer works in this county regularly.