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What is Strangulation or Suffocation in Massachusetts?

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Strangulation or suffocation is a felony in Massachusetts and can carry a sentence of up to five years in State Prison as well as fines. Someone commits the offense of strangulation and suffocation if they intentionally interrupt normal breathing patterns or circulation of blood of another person.

If you’re charged with strangulation or suffocation, you need an experienced domestic violence attorney to help.  Call or text me at (617) 295-7500 now, and let’s get started on your defense!


What’s the Difference Between Suffocation and Strangulation?

Someone is charged with strangulation if they apply substantial pressure to someone’s throat or neck. Suffocation is defined as blocking someone’s nose or mouth.

What is Aggravated Suffocation or Strangulation?

Suffocation and strangulation have aggravating factors, which are things that make the charge more serious. If a person is charged with strangulation or suffocation and there are aggravating factors, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side. Aggravating factors for strangulation or suffocation include:

  1. causing serious bodily harm
  2. knowing or having reason to know that the victim is pregnant
  3. knowing that there is an abuse prevention or restraining order in effect against the defendant
  4. having a prior conviction for strangulation or suffocation


What are the Defenses to a Strangulation or Suffocation Charge?

Some possible defenses include self-defense and lack of intent.  We can also argue that you did not commit the offense or someone else did.


If you are charged with strangulation or suffocation in Massachusetts, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help defend you. Call or text me today at (617) 295-7500, and let’s get started on your defense!


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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