Details of the Three Strangulation Crimes in NYC

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A few years back, New York law made strangulation a crime. For details about the exact provisions, you can check out New York Penal Law §121.12. These offenses are split up into three crimes with different levels of severity; first degree strangulation, second degree strangulation and third degree strangulation. The penalties for strangulation crimes depend on the degree of the offense. If you have been arrested or charged with a strangulation offense, seek representation from a criminal defense lawyer right away. H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. has years of experience representing individuals in their criminal cases and we can help you as well. A breakdown of the three strangulation crimes in New York includes:

Third Degree Strangulation in NY:

  • This involves obstructing another person's breathing or circulation of blood
  • Charged as a Class A misdemeanor
  • Punishable by up to one year in jail

Degree Strangulation in NY:

  • This involves causing physical impairment, a stupor or a loss of consciousness for another person
  • Charges as a Class D felony
  • Punishable by up to seven years in prison

First Degree Strangulation in NY:

  • This involves causing serious injury or even the death of another person
  • Charged as a Class C felony
  • Punishable by up to 15 years in prison

New York has started to crack down on this offense. In the first 15 weeks that the law was in place, more than 2,000 took place and they have continued to increase since then. If you have been charged with any degree of strangulation, contact H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. right away. To avoid the serious penalties at stake, you need to aggressively defend against your charges. A New York City criminal lawyer from our firm can help, call today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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