Definition of Alford doctrine
: a legal doctrine under which a criminal defendant who does not admit guilt is allowed to plead guilty as part of a plea bargain provided the plea is made voluntarily and with knowledge of the consequences The Alford doctrine provides that a court may accept a knowing and voluntary plea of guilty from a defendant, even though the defendant maintains his innocence, provided the trial judge determines that there is a factual basis for the plea. — Crofoot v. United States, 761 F. 2d 661 (Fed. Cir. 1985) — see also alford plea
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Origin and Etymology of alford doctrine
after North Carolina vs. Alford, U.S. Supreme Court case (1970) that resulted in the doctrine
First Known Use: 1994
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