Public Charge Law and Legal Definition

Public charge is a person who cannot support himself, has no means of support, has no one to furnish him support, and accordingly must look to a public body or public welfare agency for his maintenance and care.

One may become a public charge because of moral deficiencies, because of mental abnormalities, as well as because of poverty. [Ex parte Fragoso, 11 F.2d 988 (D. Cal. 1926)].