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Joinder of charges is a Federal rule, charges against the same defendant may be joined as seperate counts in the same indictment.

For example, if the charges arise out of the same transaction, A. burglary of a house B. theft in the same house C. assault while escaping. These charges can be joined together, undergo joinder.

Or for example, the crimes were part of a common scheme. A. robbing a gun store. B. using the stolen gun to rob a bank later. These charges could also be enjoined.

Joinder saves the governments resources, seperate trials need not occur for the different charges. Often, criminal defendants do not want the charges enjoined because it gives the jury too much information.