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Felony Offense for Strangulation

Research indicates that strangulation is one of the most terrorizing and lethal forms of domestic violence- ­oxygen can be cut off to the brain with a grip equivalent to a handshake.  However, it has been difficult to charge strangulation as a felony, because it does not always cause noticeable damage.  Delegate Fleischauer was a sponsor on HB 4362, passed in 2016, which established a new felony offense for restricting another person’s air intake or blood flow by application of pressure on the neck or throat causing substantial physical pain or impaired physical condition, without the person’s consent.

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