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Nolo contendre

You are not admitting you did anything but are choosing not to defend the charges. It means you are declaring innocence but do not want to exhaust the resources necessary to go to trial (time to gather evidence, missing tons of work to have a trial, money spent on fighting the case, etc). Usually a no contest plea occurs when state prosecutors plea bargain to drop the crime to a lesser offense.

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Q: What does it mean when a defendant pleads 'no contest'?
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It sounds like it may POSSIBLY mean: No Contest, Count 1. Which would mean that the defendant pleaded "no contest" to the charge against them.A no contest plea is, in effect, a plea of guilty and signifies that the defendant acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence against them in order to convict, therefore the defendant will not 'contest' the charge.

This is an agreement between all parties that the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser crime?

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The advantage is that there is no risk that a jury would find the defendant not guilty. Even if the defendant makes a plea bargain and pleads guilty to a lesser offense, at least the defendant will not get avoid any punishment.

When a defendant stands mute at her arraignment she is considered to have entered an?

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Means that the defendant does not admit guilt but will not fight the prosecutions case?

This is called the plea of no contest, or legally known as nolo contendere. However, some states do not allow no contest pleas for more serious crimes. In this case the defendant makes what is called an Alford plea, which is a plea of guilty but in the best interest of the defendant, not because the defendant is guilty.

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