Aggravating Factor Law and Legal Definition

Aggravating factors are relevant facts and circumstances that increase the severity or culpability of a criminal act. Aggravating factors supported by evidence during the trial, will impose the harshest penalty for a crime. Aggravating factors are looked upon by the jurors while deciding the sentence for an accused found guilty. Some of the factors that constitute aggravating factors are lack of remorse, amount of harm to the victim, committing the crime in front of a child, and recidivism.