What is Ohio’s New Strangulation Law?
November 2, 2023
In the evolving landscape of Ohio’s legal system, staying informed about new statutes and their implications is key. One law that has gained attention recently is Ohio’s new strangulation law. This law underscores the state’s commitment to addressing and preventing domestic violence, given the severe consequences that strangulation can result in.
Ohio’s new strangulation law is a legislation that took effect on April 4, 2023, making strangulation a felony offense in the state of Ohio. Strangulation is defined as any act that impedes the normal breathing or circulation of blood by applying pressure to the throat or neck or by covering the nose and mouth. The law states that an individual is guilty of strangulation if they cause serious physical harm or cause a substantial risk of serious physical harm to another person by means of strangulation or suffocation.
The strangulation offense can be charged as a second-degree, fourth-degree, or fifth-degree felony, depending on the severity of the harm and the relationship between the offender and the victim. The law also provides an affirmative defense for medical or other procedures that are done to aid or benefit the victim.
The law was passed by the Ohio Senate on December 15, 2022, and signed by Governor Mike DeWine on January 13, 2023. Ohio was the last state in the U.S. to recognize strangulation as a felony, joining the rest of the country in acknowledging the potentially deadly nature of the crime and its strong link to domestic violence homicides.
The law aims to protect victims of strangulation, who are 750% more likely to be murdered by their abusers, and to hold offenders accountable for their actions. The law also empowers prosecutors to pursue more serious charges and longer sentences for strangulation offenders.
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The new strangulation law in Ohio emphasizes the seriousness with which the state views domestic violence. Residents of Akron and neighboring counties should be aware of these changes and their potential implications.
If you or someone you know is faced with charges under this new statute, you aren’t alone. Contact the Akron criminal defense attorneys at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder. With our unique experience and dedication, we are prepared to help you every step of the way.
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