Mitigating Factors in Law: Definition & Examples


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Mitigating circumstances function to diminish a defendant's _____ in a crime.

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1. Mitigating circumstances are not _____, meaning they do not erase all blameworthiness from the accused for his or her responsibility in the commission of a crime.

2. The term that is used by criminologists to refer to a victim's participation in his or her own demise is known as:

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With help from this interactive quiz and printable worksheet, you can quickly assess your comprehension of mitigating factors in law. You can determine how much you know about the function of mitigating circumstances, victims' participation in their own demise and the use of mitigating factors in a defense.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how well you understand the following using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Word that explains what mitigating circumstances diminish for a defendant
  • Term describing the idea of erasing all blameworthiness
  • Word used to refer to a victim's participation in his or her demise
  • Individual who determines which specific mitigating factors can be used as a defense
  • Examples of a mitigating factor that could be used in a defense

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about terms describing what mitigating circumstances can diminish for a defendant and erasing blameworthiness
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a victim's participation in their own demise
  • Reading comprehension - read and pull essential information from the accompanying lesson covering examples of mitigating factors in law

Additional Learning

Discover more on this subject by exploring the lesson accompanying this quiz and worksheet called Mitigating Factors in Law: Definition & Examples. By studying this lesson, you will learn about the following:

  • Role of a person who was a passenger in a car involved in an armed robbery
  • Potential culpability of a defendant who was sexually abused as a child
  • Example of a crime call for extra attention