2010 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 16 - Offenses Against Administration of Government
Part 5 - Interference with Government Operations
39-16-502 - False reports.

39-16-502. False reports.

(a)  It is unlawful for any person to:

     (1)  Initiate a report or statement to a law enforcement officer concerning an offense or incident within the officer's concern knowing that:

          (A)  The offense or incident reported did not occur;

          (B)  The person has no information relating to the offense or incident reported; or

          (C)  The information relating to the offense reported is false; or

     (2)  Make a report or statement in response to a legitimate inquiry by a law enforcement officer concerning a material fact about an offense or incident within the officer's concern, knowing that the report or statement is false and with the intent to obstruct or hinder the officer from:

          (A)  Preventing the offense or incident from occurring or continuing to occur; or

          (B)  Apprehending or locating another person suspected of committing an offense;

     (3)  Intentionally initiate or circulate a report of a past, present, or impending bombing, fire or other emergency, knowing that the report is false or baseless and knowing:

          (A)  It will cause action of any sort by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with those emergencies;

          (B)  It will place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or

          (C)  It will prevent or interrupt the occupation of any building, place of assembly, form of conveyance, or any other place to which the public has access.

(b)  (1)  A violation of subdivision (a)(1) or (a)(2) is a Class D felony.

     (2)  A violation of subdivision (a)(3) is a Class C felony.

[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 1990, ch. 1030, § 28; 1998, ch. 690, § 1; 2000, ch. 976, § 1; 2002, ch. 849, § 6.]  
Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Tennessee may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.