Nolo Contendere

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  • A Latin word for “no contest.” It is a legal term used when a defendant chooses not to plead either guilty or not guilty. In such a case, the defendant would plead nolo contendere. A no-contest plea occurs when an individual does not rebut the charges brought up against him or her but does not admit guilt either. This is essentially the same as a guilty plea in the criminal court, and an offender can be criminally sentenced. However, the nolo contendere plea cannot later be used against the defendant in a civil trial.

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