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.
See, e.g. Magwood v. Patterson, 130 S.Ct. 2788 (2010).
- 18 U.S.C. § 3592(b)–(d), aggravating factors to be considered in death-penalty cases
- Death penalty
- Mitigating circumstances