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New domestic violence laws include harsher punishment

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

There have been changes to the domestic violence law in Alabama, those changes mean tougher punishment for offenders.

According to the law, if you're convicted three times for domestic violence, the misdemeanor charge turns into a felony.

The biggest change comes to those accused of trying to choke their victims.

"A lot of times in the past we would have victims who would be strangled or choked and they would just be charged with a misdemeanor, now it's a felony," said Officer John Woodram of the domestic violence unit in Lauderdale County.

The charge that could get a suspect anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison if convicted.

In less than 3 weeks Officer Woodram says they've have numerous domestic violence arrests including two strangulation cases in the city of Florence.

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