A plea, by the defendant, in a criminal prosecution, which, without admitting guilt, subjects him to all the consequences of a plea of guilty.
Same as pleading guilty, except that your plea cannot be used against you in civil court. You can only use this in traffic or criminal court. Also called nolo, which in Latin It means I do not wish to contend.
Means "I will not contest it. " It has a similar legal effect as pleading guilty in a criminal case. The principal difference between a plea of guilty and a plea of NOLO CONTENDERE is that the latter may not be used against the defendant in a civil action based on the same acts. This plea is particularly popular in antitrust actions (e.g., price fixing) where civil actions are likely to follow in the wake of antitrust prosecution.