Non Vult Contendere Law and Legal Definition
Latin term “Non vult contendere” means “he does not wish to contest it.” It is a plea that can be entered by a defendant who is unwilling to admit guilt but is willing to submit to the court for sentencing.
Non vult contendere plea is similar to nolo contendere plea. The plea non vult contendere was, in its origin, only acceptable in cases where a small fine was imposed. Such plea is not admissible in capital cases. [Commonwealth v. Shrope, 264 Pa. 246 (Pa. 1919)].
The plea of non vult contendere has the equivalent pragmatical effect of a plea of guilty in the case in which it is entered, and its acceptance does not legally abridge or reduce the power of the court to impose the maximum penalty fixed by a pertinent statute as the punishment for the specific offense. [In re 17 Club, Inc., 26 N.J. Super. 43 (App.Div. 1953)].
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