2021 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 17 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare
Part 3 - Disorderly Conduct and Riots
§ 39-17-313. Aggressive Panhandling

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-17-313 (2021)
  1. A person commits aggressive panhandling who solicits a donation of money or goods in the following manner:

    1. By intentionally touching the person being solicited without the person's consent;

    2. By intentionally obstructing the path of the person, or of the vehicle of the person, being solicited;

    3. By following a person who is walking away from the person soliciting the donation, unless that person has indicated that the person wishes to make a donation; or

    4. By making any statement, gesture, or other communication that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear of personal harm for refusing a solicitation of a donation.

    1. A first violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

    2. A second or subsequent violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by fine or a term of imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both.
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