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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