Is a no contest plea the same as a guilty plea?In California, a no contest plea generally has the same legal effect as a guilty plea, but with one exception. A no contest plea to a misdemeanor cannot be sued against the defendant in certain civil cases as evidence of criminality – whereas a guilty plea typically can be.
What is a no contest plea deal?A plea of no contest is similar to a guilty plea in that an accused admits that he/she accepts a conviction for the charge. In misdemeanor cases, however, that plea cannot be used against a defendant as an admission of guilt in certain civil proceedings. A no contest plea is also referred to as “nolo contendere.”
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