Question by  vlado (27)

What is the definition of "no contest" in court?


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

In court the term "no contest" is how you legally say "I give up -- you got me dead to rights. " It's the legal way of admitting that you really haven't any way to defend, or "contest" against the charges, or that you don't wish to do so for a variety of reasons.


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

With a "no contest" plea, a defendant chooses not to fight a charge, without actually admitting guilt. For most purposes, "no contest" has the same effect as "guilty."


Answer by  MarjiS (128)

When the defendant is entering the plea because he or she wants to be considered neither guilty or not guilty in the eyes of the law. Not being in opposition to.


Answer by  bean11 (2803)

"No contest" means that whatever was previously said in court is not going to be contested (or argued with.) It means that there is no evidence to the contrary.


Answer by  Mable (3008)

This is usually rendered in Latin: nolo contendere. It means that you are not pleading guilty but do not wish to argue against the charges -- you might do this if you do not want to go to the legal costs or inconveniences of argueing the charges.


Answer by  Gigi23 (139)

When someone declares "no contest" in court, they are saying they do not disagree with the charges against them, but they do not agree either. This can save time and money in court costs.


Answer by  amswplusone (652)

"No Contest" is essentially a 'guilty' plea in court. The defendant must voluntarily submit this plea, which means they concede the charges without disputing or specifically admitting to them.

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