The Dallas Police and other local law enforcement agencies have increased their arrest and prosecution of felony family violence cases involving the choking or impeding of an airway. These types of assaults were raised to felony level in recent years by the Texas legislature.
The police will file a felony cases if they find any evidence that the victim of a family violence assault had their ability to breath impeded by any method by the suspect. This can be done by choking or smothering the hands, arms or any object. The police will take a statement from the victim and photograph any injuries they observe. The police are specifically trained to ask questions regarding whether the victim lost the ability to breath during the assault or struggle.
The charge is has very serious consequences. The penalty range is 2 to 10 years in prison. If you find yourself charged with this offense then you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.