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November 14, 2023

35-42-2-9 Strangulation

Sec. 9. (a) This section does not apply to a medical procedure.

(b) As used in this section, “torso” means any part of the upper body from the collarbone to the hips.

(c) A person who, in a rude, angry, or insolent manner, knowingly or intentionally:

(1) applies pressure to the throat or neck of another person;

(2) obstructs the nose or mouth of the another person; or

(3) applies pressure to the torso of another person;

in a manner that impedes the normal breathing or the blood circulation of the other person commits strangulation, a Level 6 felony.

(d) However, the offense under subsection (c) is a Level 5 felony if:

(1) the offense is committed by a person:

(A) against a pregnant woman; and

(B) who knew the victim was pregnant at the time of the offense; or

(2) the person has a prior unrelated conviction under this section.