CAUGHT A CHARGE/ NOT TRYING TO GO TO PRISON

Two popular phrases uttered by persons arrested who have prior records are,  “I caught a charge.” And “I’m not trying to go to prison.” It seems that besides catching a cold, people can also catch criminal charges. Perhaps the “catch” word is used because it is the opposite of the desired “drop” charge. Instead of “catching” a charge, maybe or hopefully the charge will be “dropped.” As for “not trying to go to prison” that seems obvious, and obviously avoidable if you’re not a good catcher. If you are a good catcher, maybe the New York Yankees will bail you out.  Another popular saying used by everyone in the system when referring to a person who has been arrested and while awaiting the outcome on that case (is charged with another crime) is he or she “picked up” new charge(s).  Just happened to be walking by saw some crimes on the ground and decided to be nice and “pick them up.” Didn’t want to let litter stay on the ground.

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