Strangulation Is A Harsh Domestic Violence Tactic

Davis-Jones Law Nov. 27, 2018

People who are being accused of domestic violence often have to listen to some pretty serious accusations that are being made against them. This can be difficult to deal with but some situations are more difficult than others.

One of the accusations that might come up is that you strangled your significant other. This is serious because it is a felony to do this in Texas. Here are some points for you to consider regarding strangulation:

Choking versus Strangulation

One thing that you have to realize is that strangulation and choking are two completely different concepts. You can strangle someone by placing your hands or another object around one’s neck in a way that restricts air flow. The only way that you can choke someone is if you lodge something in one’s throat so that air can’t flow through. Basically, choking is internal and strangulation is external.

What Occurs During Strangulation

While you know that strangling restricts air flow down the windpipe, you might not realize that it also restricts blood flow to the brain because of the pressure placed on the blood vessels in the area. A person who is strangled can lose consciousness in as few as 10 seconds. Death can occur in under five minutes.

Evidence Used in Strangulation Cases

Many times, the evidence in strangulation cases is going to include physical evidence. There might be marks on the neck that denote something constricted the area, but this isn’t the only thing that can indicate strangulation. It is possible that internal damage to the structures of the throat and neck occurred due to the pressure. For example, the trachea might suffer damage. It is also possible that the victim will have bloodshot eyes, vomiting, vocal changes, ear pain, bruising around the eyes or on the face, tongue swelling or even miscarriage.

Indicators that Come from Strangulation

Strangulation is usually considered an indication of a physically violent relationship that can turn deadly. People who are strangled are eight times more likely to be killed in a homicide. There is also an increased risk that they will be the victim of an attempted homicide.

If you are facing a criminal charge for strangulation, you must think carefully about your next steps. You have the right to present a defense, so take the time to learn about your options so that you can determine how you will handle these very serious felony charges.