The Criminal Justice Act requires some defendants in criminal cases to pay a part of their court-appointed attorney's fees, states the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts. The court bases the amount the defendant must pay on excess income above the costs of necessities for the defendant and any dependents.
If a court offers the defendant a release on a bail bond, it also includes the amount of the bond in determining his ability to pay for an attorney, according to the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts. Courts appoint an attorney for a defendant in felonies, Class A misdemeanors and parole violations. Juveniles with delinquency charges also qualify for a court-appointed attorney.