Aggravating circumstances

Definition

Factors that increases the severity or culpability of a criminal act, including, but not limited to, heinousness of the crime, lack of remorse, and prior conviction of another crime. Recognition of particular aggravating circumstances varies by jurisdiction.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Magwood v. Patterson, 130 S.Ct. 2788 (2010)

See also