A formal accusation by a government attorney that the defendant committed a misdemeanor. See also indictment.

Source: U.S. Courts

Accusatory document, filed by the prosecutor, detailing the charges against the defendant. An alternative to an indictment, it serves to bring a defendant to trial.

Source: U.S. Courts

A written accusation charging a person with a crime. It is presented in court by a prosecuting officer under oath and does not come from a grand jury. (See indictment.)

Source: California Courts.