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Activities leading up to an offense that change the perception of why the offense occurred, not necessarily justifying the offense. Family or personal situations are circumstances that may help in obtaining a reduced sentence than is typical for similar offenses. This information may be considered by the courts. It may lead to reducing the accused’s degree of culpability or liability. Also refer to aggravating circumstance.

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