In criminal law, a defendant’s plea in court that he/she will not contest the charge of a particular crime, also called nolo contendere. while technically not an admission of guilt for commission of the crime, the judge will treat a plea of “no contest” as such an admission and proceed to find the defendant guilty as charged. a “no contest” plea is often made in cases in which there is also a possible lawsuit for damages by a person injured by the criminal conduct (such as reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault), because it cannot be used in the civil lawsuit as an admission of fault. “no contest” is also used where there has been a “plea bargain” in which the defendant does not want to say he/she is guilty but accepts the sentence recommended by the prosecutor in exchange for not contesting the charge (which is often reduced to a lesser crime). it is standard practice for the judge to ask either the attorneys or the defendant, “is there a factual basis for the plea?” before accepting it and finding the defendant guilty.