When a person is arraigned or charged with a crime there is a formal list of the charges, eg,

one count misdemeanor petty theft

two counts felony assault

one count felony breaking and entering

one count felony grand theft auto


Why is crime in singular when charges are in plural? Shouldn't they be consistent?

(Avangi, I hope you don't mind me borrowing your post)

Thanks in advance!

People who are not lawyers commonly think this way.

His crime was that he broke into someone's house, and attacked the homeowner who found him in the house.

However, this will lresult in more than one charge.

In other words, ordinary people do not think like lawyers or like the police about these matters.

Best wishes, Clive
Thanks, Clive.