***This article is under construction. More information with be forthcoming.***
Strangulation or suffocation is defined as interfering with blood circulation or breathing by applying pressure to the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth. It is governed by Massachusetts General Laws chapter 265 section 15D. It is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 5 years in the state prison or 2.5 years in the house of corrections and/or a fine of $5,000.
If the defendant has a previous conviction for a similar offense, the victim is pregnant, the victim is seriously injured, or the victim has an abuse prevention order against the defendant, the maximum penalty is increased to 10 years in state prison or 2.5 years in the house of corrections and/or a fine of $10,000.