You will want to check with the PD office as to their policies but Ive never heard of that. Perhaps it isnt actually the PD office that is handling it.
If the attorney was appointed by the court on THAT charge, then no, they cannot charge additional funds. If your brother hired that attorney (they weren't court appointed), then they aren't his public defender or court appointed attorney, but privately retained, and can charge. If your brother had that attorney as court appointed on a prior charge, and this is a new charge, they aren't automatically the attorney. Plus, is this attorney in the Public Defender's office, in which case, no they can't do this, or Private Assigned Counsel, in which case it depends on if they are appointed or privately retained.
If the Court imposed the fee - you need to realize that a public defender/court appointed attorney is not free. Once the charges are resolved, if you plead or are convicted, you can be required to repay the State for your lawyers' time, energy, and effort.
You need more details about why the charge. If the attorney was appointed on this case, they should not be charging addition fees (or any fees) to your brother for legal services performed.
This is general advice only, nothing herein constitutes an attorney/client relationship.
If the bond reduction is for the case to which they were appointed then they should not be charging a fee. If it is for another matter then if they were not appointed to it there would be no bar to being paid for the legal services. Either way it is a somewhat odd and troubling request.
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