What is Aggravating Factor?

Legal Definition
Any fact or circumstance that increases the severity or culpability of a criminal act. Aggravating factors include recidivism, lack of remorse, amount of harm to the victim, or committing the crime in front of a child, among many others. The recognition of particular aggravating factors varies by jurisdiction.

See also Mitigating Factor, Criminal Procedure, and the Death Penalty.