What exactly is your field, InsuranceGuy? I assume it is not any kind of law.Although criminal law is not my field -- and I am not particularly familiar with the laws and practices in Connecticut -- lawyers often are reluctant to take on what often would be a very limited short task in a criminal matter as experience has taught them that once they appear -- even in the very limited role, for what should be an easy part of the process -- the judge may refuse to allow them to withdraw from the case after the first phase and instead assign the lawyer the duty to continue to represent the defendant until the matter is fully resolved. Thus taking on a 2-3 hour assignment for which you'd pay them can turn into a week's long criminal trial that you don't have the money to pay them for, and they can't get out of.
May I suggest that rather than trying to hire an attorney to appear for you in court -- which could result in the attorney being forced by the judge to represent you fully -- see if you can buy an hour or two of the time of an attorney who is experienced in criminal law who might simply provide general guidance on what alternatives there might be should you wish to represent yourself. Spending a lifetime in hiding, or in fear waiting for that "knock on the door," or being worried about being arrested on a warrant for the old charge if you ever are stopped for a traffic violation, can't be a good way to live.
It is rarely a good idea to try to handle a criminal matter on your own.