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What is a charge?

A charge is an accusation that a crime has been committed and is the starting point for the criminal justice system. Being charged does not necessarily indicate guilt; only a court can make that decision.

Charges may be brought through an:

  • Arrest at a crime scene or following/during the investigation of a crime
  • Arrest based on a warrant issued by a judge in response to a sworn complaint
  • Arrest based on an indictment by a grand jury

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