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Nolo Contendere Definition in Law from 601 Words You Need

Nolo contendere definition and synonyms in real legal context with authentic examples and passages from the book 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam for law students or GRE candidates.

/ˌnəʊləʊ kɒnˈtɛndəri/ (noun)

Nolo contendere definition

a plea made by the defendant in a court of law to accept the charges or convictions while not admitting guilt, in Latin it means: I do not wish to contend.


What is a Nolo Contendere (No Contest) Plea Deal?

You may have heard of a “nolo contendere” plea deal when it comes to court cases involving a criminal charge.

But what exactly is this plea, and what does it mean?

An example arose recently when former UFC champion Jon Jones pleaded nolo contendere to a misdemeanor charge of destroying the property of another in a Las Vegas, NV court.

That meant the former Ultimate Fighting Championship winner must pay $750 restitution to a victim, attend anger management counseling and stay out of further trouble.

In this way, Jones avoided being tried on a felony charge of tampering with a vehicle – which was reduced to the misdemeanor charge – and avoided being tried on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery, a charge which was dropped as part of his plea deal.

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