Nebraska Strangulation Laws

NE. REV. STAT. § 28-310.01. STRANGULATION; PENALTY; AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE

28-310.01.

Assault by strangulation or suffocation; penalty; affirmative defense.

(1) A person commits the offense of assault by strangulation or suffocation if the person knowingly and intentionally:

(a) Impedes the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying pressure on the throat or neck of the other person; or

(b) Impedes the normal breathing of another person by covering the mouth and nose of the person.

(2) An offense is committed under this section regardless of whether a visible injury resulted.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a violation of this section is a Class IIIA felony.

(4) A violation of this section is a Class IIA felony if:

(a) The person used or attempted to use a dangerous instrument while committing the offense;

(b) The person caused serious bodily injury to the other person while committing the offense; or

(c) The person has been previously convicted of a violation of this section.

(5) It is an affirmative defense that an act constituting strangulation or suffocation was the result of a legitimate medical procedure.