Next is your arraignment . At this point, the charges against you are read in court and you'll be asked whether you plead guilty or not guilty. You can also plead "nolo contendere" or "no contest," which aren't technically pleas, but indicate that you don't contest the charges. The plea of nolo contendere cannot be used in other aspects of the criminal trial as an admission of guilt, but can be used in the indictment phase as an implied confession of the specific offense charged and an admission of the facts in the indictment. A plea of nolo contendere is only accepted by a judge if made voluntarily and intelligently.