mitigating circumstance

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Noun1.mitigating circumstance - (law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offensemitigating circumstance - (law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense
consideration, circumstance, condition - information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Now, taking this, as an isolated fact, unaccompanied by any attendant circumstances, there was nothing very extraordinary in it; because in many parts of the world men do come out of gardens, close green gates after them, and even walk briskly away, without attracting any particular share of public observation.
You assume a great crime to have been committed by one whom I, acquainted with the attendant circumstances, and having numerous reasons on my side, devoutly believe to be innocent of it.
If the existence of an attendant circumstance is an element of the offense, the state must prove one either 1) knew that the circumstance existed; or 2) recklessly or negligently ignored the possibility that the circumstance existed.
222) But if the target crime does not specify a necessary intent towards any attendant circumstance, then an intent for an attendant circumstance is not required for the conspiracy charge.
The accused would be denied of his right to be informed of the charges against him and thus of due process, if he is charged with simple rape but convicted of its qualified form punishable by death although the attendant circumstances qualifying the offense and the imposition of the death penalty, were not alleged in the information.
The commissions work involved much study, robust discussion, and consensus building regarding legislative options and the criteria for evaluating an offenders youth and attendant circumstances and characteristics before imposing a particular sentence.
An operator of a motor vehicle shall not be cited for a violation of subsection (3) of this section unless a law enforcement officer saw the operator use a wireless telephone for the purpose of engaging in text messaging or other similar forms of manual data entry or transmission, in a manner that caused the operator to drive in careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, coroners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances as prohibited by Section 42-4-1402.
Local authorities follow operational protocols and the proper enforcement of our laws requires the use of reasonable force merited by the attendant circumstances,' he added.
More to the point the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan concluded after he was visited by Purcell that "with all its attendant circumstances, as an indication that he should consider his position".