If you are in court for a criminal offense in California, you may be offered the chance to make an Alfred plea. If you do not know what this is, you cannot make the plea in good faith. According to Discovery Communication, Inc., an Alfred plea is when you maintain that you are innocent but admit there is a compelling case against you. It is similar to a no contest plea. Except, in this case, you are disputing the evidence against you whereas with a no contest plea you are accepting the evidence. The similarity for both plea options is that the judge in the case will enter a guilty verdict on your behalf.
The origin of this plea option comes from a case involving Henry Alfred. He pled guilty to a murder charge as part of a plea bargain even though he insisted he was innocent. However, in pleading guilty, he actually had to admit guilt, which did not sit well with him. After appeals, the Supreme Court ruling spurned the Alfred plea as an alternative option to pleading guilty.