Can Crimes be Merged?

February 21, 2013

Multiple crimes are said to be “merged” when they are treated as a single crime for the purposes of a criminal case. Crimes may be merged when they are deemed to result from a single criminal act. For instance, an individual may be accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) as well as reckless driving as the result of a single traffic stop. These accusations can be merged into a single impaired-driving accusation during the arraignment process. In most cases, the most serious charge remains after a merger.