a. Aggravated Assault is the unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. Usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
There are four categories of aggravated assault:
- Aggravated assault with a firearm - When a firearm of any type is used or threatened to be used. It includes revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, zip guns, rifles, etc.
- Aggravated assault with a knife or cutting instrument - When weapons such as knives, razors, hatchets, axes, cleavers, scissors, glass, broken bottles, or ice picks are used to cut or stab objects or used to threaten someone.
- Aggravated assault or other dangerous weapon - Use or threatened use of any object as a weapon in which serious injury does or could result. Weapons include mace, pepper spray, clubs, bricks, jack handles, tire irons, bottles or other blunt objects to club or beat victims. Also includes explosives, acid, lye, poisoning, scalding and burning.
- Aggravated assault with hands, fists, feet and teeth - Use of personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) that result in serious or aggravated injury.
- Count one offense per victim.
- Only count crimes meeting UCR definition.
- Count offense per victim even if injury does not result if a weapon is used that could have caused serious injury.
- Do NOT count offenses based on local law classification or policy definitions.
Factors to consider
- Type of weapon or use of an object
- Intent of the assailant to cause injury
- Seriousness of the injury
- Serious injuries include broken bones, stitches, internal injury, loss of teeth, severe laceration and loss of consciousness.
- If the number of persons involved cannot be distinguished from the victims, count the number of persons assaulted as the number of offenses.