Domestic assault involves an act of violence between people who are married, who live together or who share an intimate relationship. Domestic violence can range from simple assault, such as striking or kicking someone in a burst of anger, to kidnapping and worse violence. 

One of the most severe charges someone accused of domestic violence could face in Florida will be a domestic assault charge related to strangulation. Florida prosecutors can bring special charges related to a strangulation incident that will be more serious than standard assault charges. 

How is the approach to a strangulation offense different?

When one person strangles another, provided that they stopped before they cause permanent damage, the only real injuries may be a bruised throat and difficulty speaking. Compared with the injuries that someone could suffer win kicked or punched in a fit of rage, the consequences of a strangulation assault may not seem as severe. 

However, there is a strong statistical correlation between people who strangle their intimate partner and those who eventually proceed to murder their intimate partner. Such a situation is 750% more likely than another relationship to end in the murder of one partner by the other. 

As such, Florida treats strangulation cases as very serious offenses. The state charges these crimes as a form of felony battery, which means that it is a third-degree felony that could result in up to five years in prison. A guilty plea or conviction stemming from such serious charges could have a lasting and significant impact on everything from your gun ownership rights to your future employment options. 

If you’ve been charged with a domestic violence offense, get experienced legal assistance to protect your rights.