2018 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 14 - Offenses Against Property
Part 3 - Arson--Explosives
§ 39-14-301. Arson.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-14-301 (2018)
  • (a) A person commits an offense who knowingly damages any structure by means of a fire or explosion:

    • (1) Without the consent of all persons who have a possessory, proprietary or security interest therein; or

    • (2) With intent to destroy or damage any structure to collect insurance for the damage or destruction or for any unlawful purpose.

  • (b)

    • (1) Arson is a Class C felony.

    • (2)

      • (A) Arson of a place of worship is a Class B felony.

      • (B) As used in this subdivision (b)(2), "place of worship" means any structure that is:

        • (i) Approved, or qualified to be approved, by the state board of equalization for property tax exemption pursuant to § 67-5-212, based on ownership and use of the structure by a religious institution; and

        • (ii) Utilized on a regular basis by such religious institution as the site of congregational services, rites or activities communally undertaken for the purpose of worship.

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