wex definitions

wiretap

One of several possible means to acquire the contents of a communication by means of an electronic device.

wiretapping

Wiretapping is the act of recording communications between parties, often without their consent. While wiretaps can be a powerful tool for authorities conducting criminal investigations, they are also legally at odds with the right to privacy...

with prejudice

When a court dismisses an action, they can either do so “with prejudice” or “without prejudice.” Dismissal with prejudice means that the plaintiff cannot refile the same claim again in that court.

The reason that dismissal...

withdrawal

1. Removing cash or any other asset from the place where it is held.

2. In the context of a criminal conspiracy, leaving the conspiracy before the target crime has been committed. State laws differ on the culpability of co-conspirators who...

withdrawal of a corporation

Withdrawal of a corporation, also referred to as dissolution of a corporation, is the termination of a corporate entity. The procedure could be conducted voluntarily or involuntarily. Ending a corporation becomes more complex with more owners...

withholding

Withholding in a legal context means the action of deducting an amount or percentage established by the law from a person’s income, like from wages or dividends. Commonly, the withholding is made and subsequently paid to the government by the...

without recourse

A phrase meaning that one party has no legal claim against another party. It is often used in two contexts:

1. In litigation, someone without recourse against another party cannot sue that party, or at least cannot obtain adequate relief even...

witness

In legal proceedings, witnesses can serve as sources of evidence, offering firsthand accounts that can corroborate or refute claims made by parties involved. Their testimony can influence the outcome of a case by providing insights that might...

witness stand

The witness stand is the location in a courtroom where a witness sits or stands while giving testimony. This is usually a platform to the left and slightly below the judge's seat. A witness called to testify is said to "take the stand."...

witness tampering

The act of obstructing justice by improperly interacting with a witness before or after trial. Examples include influencing, threatening, harassing, or physically harming the witness.

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