aggravating circumstances
n.
Circumstances that increase the severity of a crime or tort.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


aggravating circumstances
Circumstances that increase the seriousness or outrageousness of a given crime, which will increase the wrongdoer's penalty or punishment. For example, the crime of aggravated assault is a physical attack made worse because it is committed with a dangerous weapon, results in severe bodily injury, or is made in conjunction with another serious crime. Aggravated assault is usually considered a felony, punishable by a prison sentence.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


aggravating circumstances
n. Circumstances, facts, or situations that increase the culpability, liability, or the measure of damages or punishment for a crime or a tort.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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