If you qualify for a public defender, the court would likely appoint one to represent you. Normally people apply the day of their first appearance. If a trial is imminent, I'd suggest contacting the public defender's office first thing in the morning, preferably in person, to seek help.
It is worth your time to bring these points to the judge's attention, and you may get a public defender appointed to you. However, do not wait until the last second when you are in court for your scheduled court appearance. As my colleague suggests, go see the Public Defender and court personnel immediately.
The Court should have held a hearing on your previous attorney's motion to withdraw. At that hearing, the Court should have addressed your need for continued representation. The Court should not make you proceed without an attorney in these circumstances, as your right to counsel (or right to proceed without counsel) must be knowingly and voluntarily made. In the event that you qualify for a public defender, you will be granted one. You should contact court administration without further delay. In the event you do not qualify, but can no longer afford an attorney due to the payment made to your previous attorney, your previous attorney should refund some or all of your retainer due to his failure to perform on the retainer contract due to no fault of your own. I hope that helps. Best of luck.
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Its not too late, assuming you qualify for a public defender. Right now (if you haven't already done so), you should contact the public defender's office, court administration, and the judge's law clerk. Make sure you let everyone know your situation immediately.
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