a reality in respect to a criminal offense or to the accused which helps to make the criminal offense even more sizeable or backs up the justification for a harder conviction.

AGGRAVATING FACTOR: "The fact that the defendant tied kidnapped the victim at gunpoint applied an aggravating factor to the crime that impended a harsher sentence."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AGGRAVATING FACTOR," in, April 7, 2013, (accessed January 19, 2021).