Terms Used In South Carolina Code 17-23-40

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
The defendant in any misdemeanor case in any of the courts of this State may, with the consent of the court, enter a plea of "nolo contendere" thereto and upon so doing such defendant shall be dealt with in like manner as if he had entered a plea of guilty thereto.