Originally Posted by Donnerwetter
While I basically get the difference between “guilty” and “no contest”, I still don't understand why an accused would ever plead guilty instead of no contest.
The only reason I could think of is hoping for a milder sentence by fully admitting guilt and thus taking responsibility instead of “weaseling out”.
While tbat strategy may appeal to some, I suspect that one primary reason for guilty pleas (as opposed to no contest etc. pleas) is as part of a plea bargain, where the prosecutor offers to drop some charges or to decline to prosecute the most serious charge in exchange for a guilty plea to a designated one of the chargeable offenses. In making such an offer, the prosecution is going to be disinclined to give the defendant any wiggle room for a later reversal via a Nolo or Alford plea.