Title 17, Chapter 7, Section 95
(a) The defendant in all criminal cases other than capital felonies
in any court of this state, whether the offense charged is a felony
or a misdemeanor, may, with the consent and approval of the judge of
the court, enter a plea of nolo contendere instead of a plea of
guilty or not guilty.
(b) Should the judge allow a plea of nolo contendere to be entered,
he shall thereupon be authorized to impose such sentence as may be
authorized by law as to the offense charged.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by law, a plea of nolo contendere
shall not be used against the defendant in any other court or
proceedings as an admission of guilt or otherwise or for any
purpose; and the plea shall not be deemed a plea of guilty for the
purpose of effecting any civil disqualification of the defendant to
hold public office, to vote, to serve upon any jury, or any other
civil disqualification imposed upon a person convicted of any
offense under the laws of this state. The plea shall be deemed and
held to put the defendant in jeopardy within the meaning of Article
I, Section I, Paragraph XVIII of the Constitution of this state
after sentence has been imposed.