Sound Off: What’s the difference in the end result between pleading no contest and pleading guilty?
For sentencing, there is no difference and both are treated as guilty pleas by the courts. But someone pleading guilty is making an admission that they committed the crime. A no-contest plea, on the other hand, is simply a “declaration that the defendant does not contest the charges,” according to Kansas law. A no-contest plea “cannot be used against the defendant as an admission in any other action based on the same act.”