Contact the local Bar Association (an organization for lawyers) in your county. Most Bar Associations operate a lawyer referral service. They might be able to refer you to an affordable attorney. The fees you mention sound rather high unless you are seeking to take your case all the way to trial. You may also want to ask the attorneys you've spoken to if their fee might be lower if you settle your case without going to a jury trial.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
Most attorneys will do a payment play with you. If you can't afford an attorney and you can't get a public defender the only thing you can do is defend yourself. That said, most people aren't up for that job and plead guilty, but what else can you do?
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