Mitigating circumstances

Circumstances which make a particular criminal act less serious. These will result in a lighter sentence or penalty. Mitigating factors may include age and vulnerability of defendant or whether they felt under threat themselves.

Explanation attempts (100)

28 Oct 2012 19:45
quote Points in time wear that can confuse or distract from something happening unquote
28 Oct 2012 22:30
quote That there maybe a way to make the crime seem less worse than it actually is. unquote
29 Oct 2012 13:08
quote Something that excuses a persons acts. To do with their emotional state perhaps or current personal situation. unquote
29 Oct 2012 18:33
quote conditions in law where one may be guilty of a crime but underlying reasons should be taken into account unquote
29 Oct 2012 20:53
quote Issues that give reasons or the acts that were committed unquote
30 Oct 2012 11:05
quote These are the circumstances used by a court to determine the culpability of someone. unquote
30 Oct 2012 17:05
quote There may be some circumstances which may have made this person commit a crime, and may not have been entirely their fault. unquote
30 Oct 2012 22:32
quote Circumstances which make a person's unlawful actions seem more understandable and might result in them being treated less harshly by the legal system. unquote
31 Oct 2012 19:09
quote things that may allow the criminal to get off lightly unquote
31 Oct 2012 22:06
quote Situation or things which might explain ones actions or behaviour, and make them more understandable unquote
31 Oct 2012 22:52
quote A consideration to the defendant which may help their defence. unquote
31 Oct 2012 23:16
quote Circumstances that may be taken into account to partially explain why an offence has been committed in an attempt to obtain leniency unquote
1 Nov 2012 00:31
quote Circumstances that lead a person to be exempt from a particular rule or condition. unquote
1 Nov 2012 13:22
quote Circumstances that explain why you might have done something you wouldn't do under normal circumstances. unquote
1 Nov 2012 18:00
quote Special situations and circumstances that allow you to be exempt from doing something unquote
20 Nov 2012 21:01
quote There were reasons to explain why this happened unquote
20 Nov 2012 22:55
quote This is when someone has broken the law but there are reasons they did so which reduce the seriousness of their offense. These 'mitigating circumstances' can be explained during the court hearing and might change or reduce the sentence. unquote
21 Nov 2012 00:06
quote Evidence that when looked on in a certain light, make a defendant appear guilty. There are holes in the evidence, but it could be enough for some people (maybe a jury) to deem a defendant guilty. unquote
21 Nov 2012 00:36
quote Reasonable events or actions that made you act in the way you did. unquote
21 Nov 2012 01:40
quote External factors which may be taken into account as partial justification for an offence, e.g. a "crime of passion", etc. unquote
21 Nov 2012 01:43
quote Exceptional circumstances that significantly affect ones ability unquote
21 Nov 2012 08:38
quote Circumstances where something that may not normally be allowed, can be in this instance. unquote
21 Nov 2012 09:53
quote If a very serious situation arises which means that your behaviour or where you have to be can change. eg, a bereavement unquote
21 Nov 2012 13:53
quote There are reasons why you have done what you have done, You have done it because you needed to for a reason. unquote
21 Nov 2012 16:50
quote Circumstances which may have a bearing on the reasons why an act was committed, or go some way to justifying the act. unquote
26 Nov 2012 21:05
quote That a specific event happened which means that usual course of action doesn't need to happen. E.g. Being ill is a mitigating circumstance which might mean that the usual deadline is extended. unquote
12 Nov 2013 10:07
quote The same as the previous term. Circumstances which reduce the responsibility of a situation unquote
14 Nov 2013 19:35
quote Not enough evidence. unquote
14 Nov 2013 21:16
quote Circumstances in which supervision is required unquote
14 Nov 2013 21:32
quote no evidence unquote
14 Nov 2013 21:44
quote unusual circumstances that may affect the case unquote
15 Nov 2013 11:37
quote There are other circumstances around an individual in their life which have directly affected the way they have behaved in this instance. These may be to do with their home life, work/or lack of; family pressures etc. unquote
15 Nov 2013 12:21
quote An event that will negatively impact someone's ability to perform on a task such as an exam. unquote
15 Nov 2013 13:49
quote The time and place in question puts bad look onto the situation. unquote
16 Nov 2013 17:47
quote Events that may ease your penalty, or give some kind of explanation for your behaviour (i.e. mental health problem, bereavement). unquote
16 Nov 2013 18:12
quote A reason for not being considered guilty of a given crime, e.g. insanity unquote
17 Nov 2013 16:48
quote Mitigating circumstances is when an event takes place or something happens which directly effects something else. unquote
17 Nov 2013 17:22
quote A form of circumstance unquote
17 Nov 2013 18:50
quote kind of an exception which must be taken into account in court unquote
17 Nov 2013 19:16
quote Something that influenced you action. unquote
17 Nov 2013 22:52
quote Mitigating circumstances are other issues outside of the crime/ event which need to be considered as they have had a direct effect on the behaviour of the accused and therefore can affect both how they can be treated during prosecution and how they will be charged. The idea is that external problems such as illness or personal circumstance could have made someone more likely to commit a crime or made that crime more serious, and this should be kept in mind when judging how guilty the defendant is. unquote
17 Nov 2013 23:55
quote special circumstances that may mean that you can be excused from the crime you have committed or the punishment you would receive would be lessened because of the circumstances surrounding you committing it unquote
18 Nov 2013 15:23
quote certain circumstances which enable the outcome of a case to be less harsh on a person who is guilty. unquote
18 Nov 2013 18:24
quote reduces the penalty or association with the charge unquote
18 Nov 2013 19:33
quote Lessening circumstances unquote
18 Nov 2013 20:00
quote Circumstances that may have affected the actions of the defendant eg they were ill, unquote
18 Nov 2013 21:50
quote Circumstances that you put forward to explain actions unquote
5 Nov 2014 13:00
quote Circumstances that have changed, so if you were in trouble this could be in your favour as an explanation for angry feelings or temper unquote
5 Nov 2014 13:10
quote To have mitigating circumstances is where within contract it will have a clause that states that in situations beyond the parties control the contract will be invalid for such happenings unquote
5 Nov 2014 19:08
quote Mitigating circumstances is when there is evidence or a situation that can cause problems for the verdict of a case to have a clear outcome. unquote
7 Nov 2014 13:48
quote There is a reason why the event happened unquote
8 Nov 2014 18:34
quote Factors which might affect the person's ability or knowledge about what crime they caused eg they might have a disability or lower mental capacity to fully understand their actions unquote
9 Nov 2014 17:37
quote These are circumstances that may reduce the sentence of the defendant such as mental health issues. unquote
9 Nov 2014 23:18
quote reasons why something might have happened which help to make it less serious than it is, eg if you had thrown a ball through a window a mitigating circumstance might have been that the sun was in your eyes so you couldn't see where the ball was going, ie you didn't mean to do it. unquote
10 Nov 2014 11:57
quote personal circumstances unquote
10 Nov 2014 15:52
quote Mitigating circumstances means situations that may have effect on an event. unquote
10 Nov 2014 21:31
quote Unsure unquote
10 Nov 2014 22:10
quote criminal evidence unquote
10 Nov 2014 23:16
quote All things considered may provide a reason for the behaviour unquote
11 Nov 2014 00:01
quote Can reduce a sentence or charge given to a person unquote
11 Nov 2014 10:54
quote Circumstances that may have contributed to something happening or a course of action being taken unquote
11 Nov 2014 12:40
quote Circumstances or evidence that may make you guilty unquote
11 Nov 2014 15:08
quote It is information about the defendant which is taken into consideration when deciding a sentence. unquote
11 Nov 2014 15:09
quote Considering circumstances. Who? what? why? and were? Then coming to the best conclusion to help your friends case. unquote
28 Oct 2015 22:43
quote An unforeseen event happened that resulted in the subject being unable to carry out an activity. unquote
29 Oct 2015 20:25
quote The situation is highly complex or awkward and therfore its hard to proceed with an investigation or hearing. unquote
4 Nov 2015 20:55
quote There are factors that make the behaviour understandable. unquote
6 Nov 2015 21:07
quote Can reduce sentences unquote
7 Nov 2015 17:40
quote Circumstances surrounding a crime which will help explain the reasons the crime was commited. unquote
10 Nov 2015 22:12
quote Circumstances that affect someone's performance in situations such as assesments. Similar to extenuating circumstances in terms of university e.g missing an exam due to sickness! unquote
16 Nov 2015 16:23
quote The cicumstances of an event are conflicting depending on whose side of the argument you are given. unquote
18 Nov 2015 20:44
quote An alibi used in defence unquote
20 Nov 2015 13:10
quote Circumstances in which a criminal might not be convicted of an offence. For example a woman stealing food to feed her children or having a mental illness may be considered a mitigating circumstance. unquote
22 Nov 2015 17:35
quote Circumstances which may lead to a more lenient sentence. unquote
22 Nov 2015 20:47
quote circumstances or factors which help the situation and for you to be not guilty, e.g. illness, making the defendant less culpable unquote
22 Nov 2015 21:45
quote Circumstances which explain and to some extent allow for someone's behaviour e.g self defence, mental illness. Mitigating circumstances could change murder to manslaughter unquote
22 Nov 2015 23:17
quote Circumstances that would mean that you, as a witness, are exempt from doing certain things in a courtroom. unquote
23 Nov 2015 09:48
quote Not sure - maybe circumstances that change the way something is done in court? unquote
23 Nov 2015 12:07
quote reasons why something happened which could excuse you from whatever it is unquote
8 Nov 2016 15:06
quote Something that is unforseen, such as an illness, that can disrupt your academic performance or progression. unquote
8 Nov 2016 20:13
quote Circumstances that can disrupt what you are trying to do in a major way. For example if you were about to take an exam and somone in your family died, you would be excused for mitigating circumstances unquote
8 Nov 2016 20:50
quote Factors which make someone less responsible for an offence or make their actions more justifiable unquote
9 Nov 2016 19:31
quote Reasons that would effectively seek to justify or provide additional context behind why an individual has perpetrated an unlawful act. unquote
10 Nov 2016 10:58
quote Conditions that our out of the persons control but might have had an influence on their behaviour. unquote
11 Nov 2016 19:29
quote circumstances or actions that explain why an incident or situation occurred unquote
13 Nov 2016 19:30
quote A situation that infers guilt. unquote
13 Nov 2016 21:55
quote Unforseeable events which may lessen a sentence in a court of law unquote
14 Nov 2016 19:30
quote when other circumstances e.g. mental illness/ pleading insane are taking into consideration when deciding your sentence unquote
14 Nov 2016 22:22
quote When there is evidence to show something has implicated someone unquote
18 Nov 2016 10:15
quote Factors that may have affected you from performing your best or that contributed to you not behaving in your usual manner, unquote
31 Oct 2017 22:03
quote there are extenuating circumstances against the person being tried, which changes the outcome or consequences of their case e.g. mental health problems unquote
7 Nov 2017 19:30
quote Reason (circumstance) why a case doesn't stand as valid in court. unquote
7 Nov 2017 20:49
quote Something thag has not happened and something that cannot be prevented unquote
12 Nov 2017 17:11
quote Unsure, but it may mean some kind of exceptional circumstance however I don't know what that would be in relation too unquote
12 Nov 2017 18:13
quote Ways which reduce the severity of a case for the defendant. unquote
12 Nov 2017 21:23
quote There may be circumstances/ reasons why an action may have happened which would provide a reasonable explanation. unquote
12 Nov 2017 22:42
quote The issues around an event/action that determine or may have changed the outcome of a situation unquote
12 Nov 2017 23:01
quote It's a reason/evidence to consider about why someone has done something, i.e. Lashing out in the heat of the moment when not in the right frame of mind/ thinking about it first. unquote
13 Nov 2017 08:18
quote An excuse for a crime e.g. a crime of passion unquote
13 Nov 2017 11:25
quote Changing the situation to twist it slightly. unquote


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