Alford plea


Alford plea
Name derived from North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25, 91 S.Ct. 160, 27 L.Ed.2d 162 (1970), in which Supreme Court held that a guilty plea which represented a voluntary and intelligent choice among alternatives available to defendant, especially where he was represented by competent counsel, was not compelled within the meaning of the Fifth Amendment merely because the plea was entered to avoid the possibility of the death penalty.
The Supreme Court also held that where strong evidence of actual guilt substantially negated defendant's claim of innocence and provided strong factual basis for the guilty plea, and the state had a strong case of first-degree murder, so that defendant, advised by competent counsel, intelligently concluded that he should plead guilty to second-degree murder rather than be tried for first-degree murder, the court committed no constitutional error in accepting guilty plea despite defendant's claim of innocence

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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