When it comes to criminal charges, understanding the nuances of aggravating circumstances can make all the difference. Thankfully, Cornett Law Office is here to help you navigate the legal system in Kentucky. But what exactly qualifies as an aggravating crime? Let’s take a closer look!
In general, an aggravating circumstance is any factor that makes a crime more serious and deserving of a harsher punishment. This might include things like premeditation, cruelty, or harm to multiple victims. In Kentucky specifically, there are a few key factors that can elevate a crime from standard to aggravated.
For example, using a firearm during the commission of certain crimes automatically qualifies as an aggravating factor in Kentucky. Similarly, if the victim was particularly vulnerable (such as being elderly or disabled), this could also be considered an aggravating circumstance.