Why Would You Enter A No Contest Plea?

When facing a criminal charge, one of the first things you will be asked to do is to enter your plea. The common pleas are "guilty" and "not guilty;" most people are familiar with these pleas. There is also a third plea, however, that many people don't understand well – "no contest." By entering a no contest plea (nolo contendere in legal lingo), you are telling the court that you neither agree to or deny the charges against you.