What Happens if I Refuse to Plead in a Nevada Criminal Case?
A Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains

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Refusal to plead is a plea of “not guilty” in Nevada (NRS 174.035)

If you are charged with a crime in Nevada, there are four pleas you can enter:

  • Not guilty, 
  • Guilty, 
  • Guilty but mentally ill, or, 
  • Nolo contendere (no contest).

The court must consent before you can plead nolo contendere. The judge also has the right to refuse to accept a plea of guilty or guilty but mentally ill.[1] 

If you refuse to plead, the court will enter a plea of "not guilty" on your behalf.[2]

The judge will also enter a plea of not guilty if he or she refuses to accept a plea of guilty or guilty but mentally ill, or if a defendant corporation fails to appear.

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Legal references:

  1. NRS 174.035 (1).
  2. NRS 174.035 (6).

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