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Nolo contendere is a legal term that comes from the Latin for "I do not wish to contest. A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal or copping a plea) is an agreement in a Criminal case whereby the Prosecutor offers A presentence investigation report ( PSI) is a Legal term referring to the investigation into the history of person convicted of a crime before sentencing to determine The term criminal law, sometimes called penal law, refers to any of various bodies of rules in different Jurisdictions whose common characteristic is the potential The Law of evidence governs the use of Testimony (eg oral or written statements such as an Affidavit) and exhibits (e Civil procedure is the body of law that sets out the process that Courts will follow when hearing cases of a civil nature (a " Civil action " as opposed to Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. " It is also referred to as a plea of "No Contest. For the Pygmy backswimmer Genus, see Plea (insect. "
In criminal trials, and in some common law jurisdictions, it is a plea where the defendant neither admits nor disputes a charge, serving as an alternative to a pleading of guilty or not guilty. Common law refers to law and the corresponding legal system developed through decisions of courts and similar tribunals rather than through legislative statutes or executive A defendant or defender ( Δ in Legal shorthand) is any party who is required to answer the Complaint of a Plaintiff In the Common law legal system an indictment (ɪnˈdaɪtmənt (in-DITE-mint is a formal accusation of having committed a criminal offense In Criminal law, guilt is entirely externally defined by the State, or more generally a “court of law In Criminal law, an acquittal is a verdict of not guilty, or some similar end of the proceeding that terminates it with prejudice without a verdict
A no contest plea, while not technically a guilty plea, has the same immediate effect as a guilty plea, and is often offered as a part of a plea bargain. A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal or copping a plea) is an agreement in a Criminal case whereby the Prosecutor offers 
In many jurisdictions a plea of nolo contendere is not a right, and carries various restrictions on its use. A right is a legal or moral Entitlement or Permission. Rights are of vital importance in theories of Justice and deontological ethics In the United States, state law determines whether, and under what circumstances a defendant may plead no contest. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Several other common law countries, however, prohibit the plea altogether. Common law refers to law and the corresponding legal system developed through decisions of courts and similar tribunals rather than through legislative statutes or executive
In Australia, a plea of nolo contendere by a defendant in a criminal trial is not permitted. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The defendant must enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Where a defendant refuses to enter a plea, the court will record a plea of not guilty. 
One of the most famous nolo contendere pleas in U.S. history was that of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, who was accused of crimes committed while he was the Governor of Maryland. The Vice President of the United States is the first person in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death Spiro Theodore Agnew ( November 9, 1918 September 17, 1996) was the thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States (and the first The Governor of Maryland heads the Executive branch of the government of the U Mr. Agnew pleaded nolo contendere in a Maryland court to the charges. Eventually, Agnew was forced to resign as Vice President.
A nolo contendere plea has the same immediate effects as a plea of guilty, but may have different residual effects or consequences in future actions. For instance, a conviction arising from a nolo plea is subject to any and all penalties, fines, and forfeitures of a conviction from a guilty plea in the same case, and can be considered as an aggravating factor in future criminal actions. However, unlike a guilty plea, a defendant in a nolo contendere plea may not be required to allocute the charges. Generally to allocute in Law means "to speak out formally This means that a nolo contendere conviction typically may not be used to establish either negligence per se, malice, or whether the acts were committed at all in later civil proceedings related to the same set of facts as the criminal prosecution. Negligence per se is the legal doctrine whereby an act is considered negligent because it violates a statute (or regulation Malice is a Legal term referring to a party's Intention to do Injury to another party 
Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, and most state rules which parallel them, nolo contendere pleas may not be used to defeat the hearsay prohibition if offered as an "Admission of [a] Party-Opponent".  Assuming the appropriate gravity of the charge, and all other things being equal, a guilty plea to the same charge would cause the reverse effect: An opponent at trial could introduce the plea, over a hearsay objection, as evidence to establish a certain fact. 
In some jurisdictions, such as the U.S. state of Texas, the right to appeal the results of a plea bargain taken from a plea of nolo contendere is highly restricted. In Law, jurisdiction (from the Latin ius iuris meaning "law" and dicere meaning "to speak" is the practical Authority A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal or copping a plea) is an agreement in a Criminal case whereby the Prosecutor offers In Texas, defendants who have entered a plea of nolo contendere may only appeal the judgment of the court if the appeal is based on written pretrial motions ruled upon by the court.