pleading no contest

Pleading ‘No Contest’

January 24, 2018

If you’re facing criminal charges, you may have the option to enter a no contest or nolo contendere (“I do not wish to contend”) plea. Your criminal defense lawyer will explain the possible benefits of entering a no contest plea if it is available in the jurisdiction in which you were charged with a crime.

A no contest plea may be used in a criminal proceeding as an alternative to a “not guilty” or “guilty” plea, in which the defendant neither admits nor denies doing a crime. Although the defendant has the automatic right to plead guilty or not guilty, he or she must request the court’s permission to enter a no contest plea. A no contest plea may be used in the plea negotiations in a criminal case.

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