Criminal Defense of Immigrants
§ 8.56 a. Nature and Wording of Plea
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(A) Types of Plea. The defendant’s entry of a plea can be very significant in determining the record of conviction and the nature of the conviction. The plea entered may be one of several. The defendant can enter a plea of guilty. See § 8.57, infra. S/he can enter a plea of no contest, or nolo contendere, which has exactly the same effect as a guilty plea for immigration purposes. See § 8.58, infra. S/he can enter a plea of guilty while making it express that s/he is not admitting factual guilt. See § 8.59, infra. S/he can enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. S/he can enter what is called a “slow plea” of guilty, but really constitutes an agreement to submit the case to a court trial on the police report or other documents, with the understanding that s/he will be found guilty of specified offenses. See § 8.61, infra.