To convict the Prosecutor must prove that the offender:
Knowingly and Intentionally
- Knowingly, intentionally and without consent
- Stops blood circulation or respiration
- By applying pressure to someone’s neck
- Causing wounding or bodily injury (generally interpreted to mean visible injuries).
: The Prosecutor must prove that offender knowingly and intentionally placed pressure to the neck of the victim AND that pressure stopped the blood circulation or respiration.Without consent
: The Prosecutor must prove that the pressure to the neck was not consensual to convict an offender of a strangulation charge.Stopping Blood Circulation or Respiration
: There must be proof that the offender stopped blood circulation or respiration of the victim by applying pressure to the neck.Causing Wounding or Bodily Injury
: There must be SOME physical injury to the victim to convict. However, the injury does not have to be permanent or significant to convict.