plead guilty to

plead guilty (to something)

To formally admit and declare that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. My client pleads guilty, your honor.
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plead guilty to something

to state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law. Gerald refused to plead guilty to the crime and had to stand trial. Max pleaded guilty to the charge and then fled town.
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Since, therefore, upon the strictest examination, my own conscience cannot lay any such pitiful theft to my charge, I am contented to plead guilty to the former accusation; nor shall I ever scruple to take to myself any passage which I shall find in an antient author to my purpose, without setting down the name of the author from whence it was taken.
Such was my passionate warmth that--we had rattled out of the village, gentle reader, and were lonely as Adam and Eve in paradise--I plead guilty to no less freedom than a kiss.
I am afraid," he said, "that I must plead guilty to denseness--in this particular instance, at any rate.
But in revenge I followed Eliza into the dimly-lighted passage, where, under pretence of helping her on with her shawl, I fear I must plead guilty to snatching a kiss behind her father's back, while he was enveloping his throat and chin in the folds of a mighty comforter.
As you well remarked this very morning, 'There are some chaps who are no good for anything but books'; I plead guilty to being such a chap, and will not inflict myself on you.
Suzette Karen Taylor, 50, Haverford Way, Cardiff, plead guilty to assault.
Hugo Miguel Silvestre Batista, 33, of Newport Road, Cardiff, plead guilty to driving without insurance.
Ludlow, who has agreed to plead guilty to one of the most serious charges, was charged by both county and federal officials along with Janett Humphries, former president of Service Employees International Union Local 99.
On the local charges, Ludlow is expected to appear in court Monday to plead guilty to felony conspiracy to exceed campaign contribution limits, said Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman.
pled guilty today to two charges of federal mail fraud and signed a plea agreement to plead guilty to a pending state conflict of interest charge.
Prosecutors objected to his attempt to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Barroso, the Moorpark woman whose body was found in a brushy area after a long, intensive search that began when her rental car was found, its motor still running, at the bottom of a Moorpark freeway off-ramp.
Cracking the LAPD's code of silence, authorities announced Friday that a Rampart Division officer at the center of the scandal agreed to plead guilty to crimes and cooperate in the investigation - the third officer to do so this week.
In 1995, another lawyer convinced Wingfield to plead guilty to charges that she delivered the fatal blows.
In a toddler-death case that changed state child-welfare laws, prosecutors have offered Eve Wingfield a deal to plead guilty to letting her boyfriend abuse the child, her attorney said Thursday.
Greer will plead guilty to one count of bribery for allegedly taking money from lawyer Patrick Frega, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday.