2017 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 11 - General Provisions
Part 3 - Culpability
§ 39-11-301. Requirement of culpable mental state.
- (1) A person commits an offense who acts intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence, as the definition of the offense requires, with respect to each element of the offense.
- (2) When the law provides that criminal negligence suffices to establish an element of an offense, that element is also established if a person acts intentionally, knowingly or recklessly. When recklessness suffices to establish an element, that element is also established if a person acts intentionally or knowingly. When acting knowingly suffices to establish an element, that element is also established if a person acts intentionally.
- (b) A culpable mental state is required within this title unless the definition of an offense plainly dispenses with a mental element.
- (c) If the definition of an offense within this title does not plainly dispense with a mental element, intent, knowledge or recklessness suffices to establish the culpable mental state.
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