Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses § 39-11-609

Except as provided in §§ 39-11-611 -- 39-11-616 , 39-11-620 and 39-11-621 , conduct is justified, if:

(1) The person reasonably believes the conduct is immediately necessary to avoid imminent harm;  and

(2) The desirability and urgency of avoiding the harm clearly outweigh the harm sought to be prevented by the law proscribing the conduct, according to ordinary standards of reasonableness.

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