Tennessee (2011/2015)

TN. CODE § 39-13-101. ASSAULT

(a) A person commits assault who:

(1) Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another;

(2) Intentionally or knowingly causes another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or

(3) Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another and a reasonable person would regard the contact as extremely offensive or provocative.


(a)(1) A person commits aggravated assault who:

(A) Intentionally or knowingly commits an assault as defined in § 39-13-101, and the assault:

 (iv) Was intended to cause bodily injury to another by strangulation or bodily injury by strangulation was attempted;

(2) For purposes of subdivision (a)(1)(A)(iii) “strangulation” means intentionally impeding normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the throat or neck or by blocking the nose and mouth of another person.

(e)(1)(A) Aggravated assault under:

(ii) Subdivision (a)(1)(A)(i), (iii), or (iv) is a Class C felony;

(iii) Subdivision (a)(1)(A)(ii) is a Class C felony;

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