I was wondering if somebody is charged with a crime does it mean the same thing as being convicted of a crime. There are two women running for Governor in New Mexico. One woman is accusing the other of being soft on criminals. She uses the term "charged" with a sex crimes in one of her ads and goes on to say that her opponent cut deals so that these men (who were charged) didn't have to register as 'sex offenders'. Why didn't she use the term 'convicted' if they were? I'm curious.