what does pleading "no contest" mean?

15 Answers

  • Lori
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    You are not admitting guilt, but you are admitting that if the matter were to go to trial, the prosecution has enough evidence against you that a jury could find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • finger
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pleading No Contest

  • 1 decade ago

    It means you will not fight the charges but you do not admit guilt.

    The punishment will be about the same or more than if you had plead guilty. Some judges feel it is an admission of guilt without admitting guilt and since you clearly are not admitting the crime, you are not sorry for it in the least. So you may get a year or two or a few thousand tacked onto your sentence, assuming it was a major crime.

    If it was something small, like a speeding ticket, the judge will fine you and put you in his "idiot" book as people who do it for minor stuff like that are idiots.

    If you did the crime and are not going to fight it, plead guilty and maybe you will get a lesser sentence as you did not waste everyone's time fighting it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I usually wouldn't post in a thread with this many answers already, but it seems every answer you have gotten is a little bit off target.

    It means that you do not dispute the charges against you. The symbolic meaning is that you are not admitting guilt, but accepting the punishment.

    As for the current case, it has the same effect as pleading guilty, as in you will be convicted and sentenced. The only practical benefit is that it cannot be used automatically against you if you end up being sued civilly for example.

    Let's say you are in a car accident, and the prosecutor charges you with reckless driving, if you plead guilty and the victim sues you for compensation, you have already admitted the facts of the case. If you pleaded no contest, they would have to argue for a jury and convince that you were in fact responsible.

    In most jurisdictions and for most cases, you will not be allowed to plead no contest.

    (The actual legal term is nolo contendere)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It means you are not contesting the charges against you. It is a way of pleading guilty without admitting guilt. If somebody wants to sue you for the incident they can't use the fact that you plead no contest against you in a civil court. If you plead guilty it would be admissible in civil court.

  • 1 decade ago

    It means you are pleading guilty without actually pleading guilty.

    You are not admitting guilt, but you are being punished for being guilty. Most people that do this have some kind of plea arrangement to receive a suspended sentence and fine and will have the arrest removed from their record on completion of a probated sentence.

  • 1 decade ago

    It means you are not saying you are innocent or guilty. Usually when someone pleads "No contest" it means they are guilty without admitting it.

  • 1 decade ago

    It means you are not admitting guilt and you do not wish to contest the charges.

  • 1 decade ago

    simply means that you are admitting responsibility with out admitting guilt. in court it carries the same sentence and fines as a guilty plea or verdict.

  • Rada S
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You do not admit guilt, but you do not plead Not guilty...you can only do this once so dont use it on a minor problem...just say Not guilty.

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