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(verb) When a prosecutor accuses a defendant of a crime, we say the prosecutor “charges” the defendant with a crime.

(noun) Each crime the defendant is accused of committing is considered a “charge.”

For example, let’s say a defendant allegedly broke into a jewelry store at night and then after stealing valuable necklaces he set the store on fire.

The prosecutor could charge this defendant with burglary, larceny, and arson.

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