Does "She was charged with fraud" mean it has been decided so in the court of law?
I am not a native English speaker and I'd like to ask you a question about the exact meaning of the following sentence.
"She was charged with credit card fraud"
Does this mean an accusation was made against her in the stage before the final sentence in the court of law, or it has been decided true and guilty so she has already been sentenced to a punishment?
I am not sure if that is a final truth or merely an accusation by others that happened prior to final examination.
Thank you for reading.
- quatt47Lv 76 months ago
In the Criminal Justice System you cannot be tried for a crime unless you are formally charged. A criminal charge is a formal accusation made by a governmental authority (usually a public prosecutor or the police) asserting that somebody has committed a crime.If charged you will be given a charge sheet and depending on the severity of the alleged crime you may be allowed home or detained. Eventually the case may go to court and, in Britain, the assertion is that you are innocent until proved guilty.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Being charged does not mean guilty. Only a trial can decide guilty or not guilty. Many people are charged with offenses which might, eventually be thrown out.
Being charged comes first. Being found guilty or not guilty comes at the end of the trial.
- sparrowLv 76 months ago
It is not the final ruling of the court. It means she has been accused of doing that.
But it is a serious charge, because the police would not charge her unless they
had very good reason to think that it was true.
- 7 months ago
Charged is being accused and arrested for something. Convicted is when a judge declared one guilty of the charge
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- busterwasmycatLv 77 months ago
charge means formal accusation (legal statement of the crime that you are being accused of; the police are claiming that you did a crime). You have to be charged before you can be put before a court. A charge is not the same as guilt. Loads of people are charged with crimes, all the time, but are not found guilty of those crimes. Innocent until proven guilty, after all. I have been charged with a crime but had the charges dismissed because the charge was determined (in court) to be unfounded. A claim of wrongdoing does not mean that you did a wrong thing. Claims are often wrong themselves. There are many possible reasons that the police or whoever is making the charge has misinterpreted reality. Usually, the problem is one of only seeing part of the event.
- tellitlikeitisLv 77 months ago
It means being officially accused by the police of committing the crime. In UK, that indicates the Crown Prosecution Service believes that there is enough evidence to warrant a court trial taking place. Being charged puts you on warning that a court case will take place with you as the accused of the crime.
- curtisports2Lv 77 months ago
The charge, a formal accusation, comes first. Then evidence of guilt is presented and the person charged gets to present their defense against the charge. Then a decision of guilty or not guilty. If found guilty, then the sentencing.
In US law, the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The person being accused does not have to prove their innocence, they must only raise enough doubt in the mind of the jury or judge.
- TommymcLv 77 months ago
In this case, "charged" means "officially accused".
"She was charged with fraud" means the authorities or police have found enough evidence to "officially accuse" her of fraud. People in the US can't be arrested and held without being "charged" or officially accused of a crime. This is just the first step. Until she goes through a trial and is found guilty by a judge, she is legally presumed to be innocent. The authorities made the accusation, but they must prove it before she is found guilty or "convicted".
- Anonymous7 months ago
It is the first stage of a prosecution. The court appearance follows where the accused may plead innocent or guilty.
- PaladinLv 77 months ago
just an accusation, if she had been found guilty, they would say she had been convicted of fraud