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What Is A No Contest Plea Deal In New York?

When you are charged with a crime you have three options for a plea: guilty, not guilty, and no contest.

guilty plea says you admit to the crime.

not guilty plea says that you do not admit guilt, and you want your right to a trial. Not guilty pleas go to trial unless changed, as prosecutors only make plea deals with people who plead guilty or no contest.

no contest plea says you agree to accept conviction but you don’t admit guilt. You’re basically saying: based on the facts you have gathered I see how you could come to this conclusion. I didn’t do it, but I admit that you could convict me if you went to trial.

In some cases a no contest plea is treated exactly like a guilty plea. It is also usually entered as part of a plea deal.

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