Bill to Toughen Penalties for Strangulation Offenses Passes Committee

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The Oklahoma House Judiciary – Criminal Committee today passed a bill to strengthen penalties for strangulation offenses.

Rep. John George, R-Newalla, authored Senate Bill 1211, which would raise the penalty for assault and battery by strangulation or attempted strangulation against an intimate partner or household member to a maximum of three years to a maximum term of up to 10 years in prison.

"Increasing the penalty for strangulation against intimate partners is a significant step forward in our efforts to combat domestic violence and ensure the safety of survivors," George said. "Senate Bill 1211 reaffirms our commitment to providing greater protection to victims and sends a clear message that such violence will not go unpunished."

Under the measure, individuals would face fines of up to $20,000 on their first offense rather than requiring a second offense.

SB1211 unanimously passed the Oklahoma House Judiciary – Criminal Committee and is now eligible for consideration by the full House.