In the criminal justice context, a charge refers to a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. A charge is typically brought by a prosecutor or other law enforcement official, and is based on evidence that the person may have committed the crime.

When a person is charged with a crime, they will typically be arrested and taken into custody. They will then be given the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty to the charge. If the person pleads guilty, they will usually be sentenced by a judge. If they plead not guilty, the case will proceed to trial, where a jury or a judge will decide whether the person is guilty or not guilty of the charge.

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