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Actually, I didn't say you should hire an expensive one, but, I do understand that in general, it is very expensive by nature, to retain a lawyer. (I suppose I need not remind you after the fact, that you should not be mixing your business account with your other moneys.) And I assume then that you do not have savings, home equity, or any other method of emergent funds.
You should be able to ask the court for a pubic defender, on the basis that you have no funds and your day job is insufficient to allow you to pay for a lawyer in addition to your living expenses. Without having the file in front of me, I can not begin to tell you how to micro-defend yourself. However, I would start by going down to the court where the warrant was issued and ask for a copy of all the paperwork. Get your paralegal friend involved and he/she can assist you in the proper local method of moving to have the seizure reversed, etc. and on what grounds. There are no forms for this, they will have to be drafted up, in all likelihood. Have her look into quashing the warrant as well. This is going to take a lot of study and diligence, but people do represent themselves all the time, for the very same reasons. Get very familiar with your county courthouse, particularly the law library. Internet research can also help, and right from the comfort of home, at whatever hour. That is where I would start. Look under your states Criminal Procedure rules, for starters. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html provide the statutes/code, but is terribly cumbersome, I am afraid.
Good luck, I wish you all the best here. It is terribly unfair that if we don't have a bunch in the bank (and none of us do) we have not way to fairly defend ourselves against a government with endless prosecutorial dollars (relatively).
Hope this helps to clarify.
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