An aggravated offence is defined by section 5AA of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935. Aggravated offences carry with them harsher maximum penalties.
Some examples of an aggravated offence are offences committed in 1 or more of the following ways:
- with the use of an offensive weapon
- offence against police
- offence against particularly vulnerable people
- an offence against a person under the age of 12 or over the age of 60 years
- to dissuade a witness
- an offence against a child or spouse