Use of a dangerous weapon will increase the severity of an assault charge. This includes firearms and traditional weapons, but also includes any object used “in a manner calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
An assault which causes substantial or great bodily harm can result in more severe charges and penalties.
Protected class victim+
An assault can carry enhanced penalties when it is committed against certain people while they are performing official duties, including law enforcement and first responders, certain criminal justice professionals, certain public employees, postal service or utilities workers, or transit operators. An assault against a vulnerable adult can also carry increase penalties, as can some assaults against children.
A person with a prior qualified domestic violence-related offense can face more significant charges or potential penalties than a person who does not.
An assault committed because of someone’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin is subject to an enhanced penalty range.