When you are arrested, you are usually then charged with a crime. This means the government has accused you of that crime. Once you have been charged, you will have court dates to attend.
Being charged does not mean that you have been convicted or that you will be convicted, but that might happen later.
A criminal case can have many different results, for example:
- You can be found guilty (convicted);
- You can be found not guilty (acquitted);
- The charges against you can be dismissed (dropped); or
- The charges against you can be reduced to a lesser crime.