Charged With Crime Law & Legal Definition


Charged with crime refers to accused of the commission of a crime. It may be, either formally, as by indictment, information, or affidavit, or informally, as by the statement in writing or by word of mouth that a person is guilty of a specified crime.

As the expression is used in the Federal extradition statutes, a person is charged with crime when an affidavit is filed, alleging the commission of the offense, and a warrant is issued for his arrest; and this is true whether a final trial may or may not be had upon such charge. [In re Strauss, 197 U.S. 324 (U.S. 1905)].