2019 Indiana Code
Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure
Article 42. Offenses Against the Person
Chapter 2. Battery and Related Offenses
35-42-2-9. Strangulation

Universal Citation: IN Code § 35-42-2-9 (2019)
IC 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;

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

(3) the person has a prior unrelated conviction in any jurisdiction, including a military court, in which the elements of the crime for which the conviction was entered are substantially similar to the elements set forth in this section.

As added by P.L.129-2006, SEC.2. Amended by P.L.158-2013, SEC.432; P.L.252-2017, SEC.11; P.L.40-2019, SEC.9.

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