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Harboring A Fugitive In Tennessee

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2,942 words with 2 Comments; publish: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 21:12:00 GMT; (80078.13, « »)


I am not sure if I'm posting this in the right place (if so, please move it to where it belongs). I'm wondering if anyone can help me track down a specific Tennessee law. Is it a criminal offense to knowingly give shelter to a person who is evading arrest? If so, what is the punishment. Again, I would like a link, if possible, to the specific statue.

Here are the specifics: my brother (23yo) violated the terms of his probation, so his probation officer issued an order for his arrest. The officers showed up at my parents house to serve the warrant, but he moved temporarily to a different place specifically to evade the arrest. This was about 2-3 weeks ago. Now he wants to come back to my parent's house for whatever reason. I'm trying to convince my parents that it would be an incredibly stupid idea to take him back in instead of reporting him to the police. Unfortunately, I was not able to track down a relevant statue by myself. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    • Thank you, Aaron.
      #1; Wed, 26 Mar 2008 06:03:00 GMT
    • There may be other statutes as well, but this seems to apply:

      (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.

      (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.

      #2; Tue, 25 Mar 2008 07:51:00 GMT