nolo contendere

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no·lo con·ten·de·re

 (nō′lō kən-tĕn′də-rē)
A plea made by the defendant in a criminal action that is substantially but not technically an admission of guilt and subjects the defendant to punishment but permits denial of the alleged facts in other proceedings.

[Latin nōlō contendere, I do not wish to contend : nōlō, first person sing. present tense of nōlle, to be unwilling + contendere, to contend.]

nolo contendere

(ˈnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndərɪ)
(Law) law chiefly US a plea made by a defendant to a criminal charge having the same effect in those proceedings as a plea of guilty but not precluding him or her from denying the charge in a subsequent action
[Latin: I do not wish to contend]

no•lo con•ten•de•re

(ˈnoʊ loʊ kənˈtɛn də ri)
a pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects the defendant to being punished as though guilty.
[1870–75; < Latin: I am unwilling to contend]

nolo contendere

A plea made by a defendant that is effectively equivalent to a plea of guilty but which does not prevent the defendant from denying the charge in subsequent proceedings.
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Noun1.nolo contendere - (law) an answer of `no contest' by a defendant who does not admit guilt but that subjects him to conviction
criminal law - the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
answer - the principal pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims
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320(2) allows the Board to consider a guilty plea, plea of nolo contendere or a guilty finding the same as a conviction.
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1982) ("The principal difference between a plea of guilty and a plea of nolo contendere is that the latter may not be used against the defendant in a civil action based upon the same acts.
Just as the trier of fact must make a choice if the defendant goes to trial, so too must the trial judge make a choice if the defendant enters a plea of nolo contendere to both counts.
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