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"No contest"

A defendant's plea not contesting the criminal charges. This is called a plea of nolo contendere and is essentially the same as a guilty plea. While technically not an admission of guilt as to the commission of the crime, the punishment is identical. Such a plea is made in cases where there is pending civil liability. For this reason many states will not permit a no contest plea where there has been injury as a result of the criminal conduct.

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