Does a municipal criminal citation “no contest” carry a criminal history?

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Does a municipal criminal citation “no contest” carry a criminal history?

Never arrested, pled “no contest” to a criminal citation in municipal court. Wondering if this would pop up as a criminal conviction?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states, a "no contest" plea in a criminal matter for all intents and purposes amounts to a criminal conviction for the plead offense which will appear most likely in a background check search of a particular person.

The reason why a "no contest" plea is entered is due to the possibility that there may be a civil action arising out of the criminal matter. The "no contest" plea does not result in an admission for purposes of any resulting civil matter.


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