By whom? Certainly not by a lawyer. A court can deny you the public defender if you have more assets in hand than the guidelines allow, and bond is an asset.
Please understand that answering this doesn't create an attorney/client relationship between us, and as hard as I try to answer your question well, it isn't legal advice. No matter how much information you put into a question, the answers you are going to get are still going to be vague. It is in your interest to contact a lawyer, most of whom will do a free consultation. Even 15 minutes with a lawyer is going to produce a more specific answer to your problem.
Yes, the judge can force you to give the money to an attorney or to the public defenders office.
No one can force you to assign your bond refund to an attorney. Howvever, the court could deny you the public defender if you have a bond posted or othertwise do not qualify as indigent. www.galivanlaw.net
Presumably if you cannot afford the services of a private attorney, and the Court appointed the Public Defender, a portion of your bond may be used to reimburse the County for the services of the Public Defender upon conclusion of the case under certain circumstances. However, if your bond is substantial, the Court may deem that to be some indication that in fact, you can afford the services of an attorney, and refuse to appoint the Public Defender.
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