1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Penal
  4. Part 3: Specific Offenses
  5. Title H: Offenses Against the Person Involving Physical Injury, Sexual Conduct, Restraint and Intimidation
  6. Article 121: Strangulation and Related Offenses


Section 121.11 Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation

Penal (PEN)

  A person is guilty of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation when, with intent to impede the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person, he or she:

  a. applies pressure on the throat or neck of such person; or

  b. blocks the nose or mouth of such person.

  Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation is a class A misdemeanor.