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Nolo contendere

“Nolo contendere” is a Latin term used in the legal system which means “I do not wish to contend” or “I do not wish to contest it.” In criminal cases, the defendant may choose to enter a nolo contendere plea. This type of plea does not imply guilt, but instead indicates that the defendant is not contesting the charges against them. It is often used as a way to resolve a case without admitting guilt, especially in situations where a guilty plea could lead to civil liability or other consequences. In many jurisdictions, a nolo contendere plea has the same legal effect as a guilty plea when it comes to sentencing and punishment.

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