In the criminal law context, attendant circumstances refer to the specific circumstances surrounding the commission of a crime. These circumstances can be important in determining the specific charge or charges that a person may face, as well as the potential sentence for a conviction. Attendant circumstances can include the location of the crime, the time of day when the crime was committed, the presence of any weapons or other objects used in the commission of the crime, and the presence of any other people at the scene of the crime.
For example, if a person is charged with robbery, the attendant circumstances of the crime could include whether the person used a weapon, whether they threatened or physically harmed the victim, and whether the crime was committed in a public place or a private residence. These circumstances could all be taken into consideration when determining the specific charges and potential sentence for the crime.
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