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Asked on August 13, 2017 under Criminal Law, New York
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
Nolo contendere or "no contest" is a plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but does not admit guilt. The reason it is used is that such a plea allows a defendant to avoid a trial if their defense appears to be hopeless, yet it prevents the plea from being used against them in any later proceeding, either criminal or civil.
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