Is There A Difference in Pleading Guilty and Pleading No Contest?
What’s the difference in pleading guilty and pleading “no contest” to a traffic ticket?
Generally speaking, the difference in pleading guilty and pleading “no contest” is nothing, nada, – no difference.
The “no contest” option is often made available on tickets to present a “more palatable option” to pleading guilty. As we’ve stated before, more than 50% of people think they didn’t deserve the ticket, so they’re reluctant to check that “plead guilty” box. However, the court wants you to sign that ticket and send it in with money. So, many courts give you a more acceptable option: “the no-contest box”.
It means you’re not saying you’re guilty and you’re not saying you aren’t guilty. You are just NOT contesting the charges. But the result of signing that box and mailing in the fine is that you are found guilty of a moving violation and it is recorded on your record.
It just makes you feel a little better sending it in to the court – (until you get that rate-increase letter from your insurance company).
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