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Definitions: Criminal Justice Terms

 
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Waiver by Magistrate Charges are waived after the defendant agrees to pay a fine. The defendant is not prosecuted on this charge.
Waiver of Jury The right to a jury trial is waived and the judge makes the decision of guilt or innocence.
Wanton Reckless, malicious. Without regard for the rights of others, indifferent to consequences to health, life or the reputation of another. Usually done without intent, but an act so unreasonable the perpetrator should know that harm will result.
Warrant Court order authorizing a law enforcement official to arrest or perform search and seizure.
Weapons Offenses The unlawful sale, distribution, manufacture, alteration, transport, possession or use of a deadly or dangerous weapon.
With Specifications When W/S is listed after a charge, it is usually followed with a description of violence involved with the charge.
Writ A written court order, or a judicial process.
Wrongful Entrustment Allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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