The maximum penalty for the offence of “Choking, Suffocation or Strangulation” is 5 years in prison.
According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:
- Prison: 41%
- Intensive Correction Order: 26%
- Community Correction Order: 30%
- Fine Only: 1%
- CRO with Conviction: 1%
- CRO without Conviction: 1%
The average prison sentence for the offence is 1 years imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 8 months in prison.