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If you have been denied the public defender, what you must do is make contact with local attorneys and get estimates of what they will charge you for representation. Then you will need to present that to the Judge stating that you cannot afford, that you do not have any assets to convert for the representation. At that time, the Judge should allow you to apply for the services of the PD. The PD is reserved for persons who are indigent. That means that have no assets. For instance, if you have a home where you could get a line of credit to pay for an attorney, then you would be refused the services.
Once the DUI is adjudicated, whether guilty or not, you may then apply for a hearing to seek a hardship license where you will need to show that you must drive for your employment or to medical appointments, etc. IF there are no public service transportation available in your area which can get you to work or medical appointments, then you will be able to get a hardship license.
But you must finish with the Criminal aspect first, having the DUI resolved one way or the other
At this time, I suggest you can use the Florida Bar Association for a referral service to consult with local attorneys and get those fee estimates to present to the Judge.
Here is the contact information for the FLA Referral service.
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