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Good morning. I'm sorry you are in this mess. You should carefully document your efforts to hire an attorney - names, how much they want, how much of it is up front, etc. Call more than a couple.
You need to even more carefully document your financial circumstances. How did they make the determination that you did not qualify for the public defender? Who made the decision? What information was it based upon? If possible, ask the person or people how the determination is made and about reconsideration. It may be that there is a piece of your financial picture that they don't have that you can document.
Judges generally do not like it when people do not have lawyers for felony charges. It is very messy. If it comes to that, do whatever you can to hire a lawyer rather than represent yourself. But you have many options before we get to that point. But judges also will not keep delaying the case for you to find an attorney. If you have assets, even if your income is very low, the Court can essentially "force" (expect) you to sell them or borrow against them to hire an attorney.
I would attack what appears to be a wrong decision that you do not qualify for the public defender. If you get nowhere with the bureaucrats involved in number-crunching, file a motion with the Court - Motion for Appointment of the Public Defender. Lay out all your financial obligations carefully. Give a copy of everything to the prosecutor.
I am starting to see why you are having so much trouble. Utah is the worst of the worst on providing lawyers for poor people charged with crimes.
Here is an Affidavit that west Virginia uses to determine whether you get a PD (I couldn't find one for Utah): http://www.wvpds.org/EligAffid.pdf It can give you an idea of what kind of info you should gather.
Here is another one: http://publicdefender.mt.gov/forms/pdf/IndigencyQuestionnaire.pdf These can be used to do your Motion, if needed. You should sign Motion in front of Notary - it should be under oath.
That should cover it! If you have any questions, just address them to 15thkid. Good Luck.
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