Under Texas law, a person who chokes, strangles or suffocates a family member, roommate, or person they were romatically involved with may be charged with a third degree felony assault. If the person has also previously been convicted of any type of assault against a family member, roommate or person they were dating then the person may be charged with a second degree felony. This enhancement applies even if the prior assault was only a Class C misdemeanor.
The Texas Penal Code says an assault is subject to felony enhancement when:
the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the person by applying pressure to the person's throat or neck or by blocking the person's nose or mouth.
In Travis County, Texas this type of felony assault case may be listed on the criminal courts dockets as ASSAULT FAM/HOUSE MEM IMPEDE BREATH/CIRCULAT
Please see my Assault Family Violence FAQ page for more information.