Definition - What does Aggravation mean?

Aggravation is attached to a crime when there is a higher level of intent or criminality that backs the crime, such as the difference between an aggravated assault and a common assault.

In order to meet the definition of "aggravated," the crime has to be sustained and worse than what the normal description of that crime would entail.

A charge of aggravation greatly increases the seriousness of the charges before the court and will result in a greater sentence.

Justipedia explains Aggravation

Aggravation is defined as such so that there is a differentiation made between crimes that would otherwise fall under the same description, but that by the merit of the actions within the crime, should constitute something worse. It is meant to show that the crime was taken to the furthest possible extreme.

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