I think so. There's no magic bullet, as the expression goes. But aggravating circumstances moves the charge to a different level, and the judge has to consider it.
In Alberta, they developed a minimum starting point for serious sexual assault, and the court of appeal told the trial judges that they had to start at three years. That was subject to comment and back and forth, but it was something similar to what you're speaking of. An aggravating circumstance alerts the judge, if he needs alerting, to consider the upper end of sentencing, so it's a useful suggestion.