Tennessee Code Title 39. Criminal Offenses § 39-16-301

(a) A person commits criminal impersonation who, with intent to injure or defraud another person:

(1) Assumes a false identity;

(2) Pretends to be a representative of some person or organization;

(3) Pretends to be an officer or employee of the government;  or

(4) Pretends to have a disability.

(b) A person commits criminal impersonation who pretends to be a law enforcement officer for the purpose of:

(1) Engaging in an activity that is ordinarily and customarily an activity established by law as a law enforcement activity;  and

(2) Causing another to believe that the person is a law enforcement officer.

(c)(1) Criminal impersonation under subsection (a) is a Class B misdemeanor.  However, if the criminal impersonation was committed to falsely obtain a driver license or photo identification license, the maximum fine of five hundred dollars ($500) shall be imposed.  If any person commits the offense of criminal impersonation under subsection (a) while pretending to be a firefighter, medical fire responder, paramedic, emergency medical technician or any other first responder and while operating a motor vehicle pursuant to § 55-9-201 (d) , § 55-9-402(g) or § 55-9-414(f) , then the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

(2) Criminal impersonation under subsection (b) is a Class A misdemeanor.  However, if any person commits criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer under subsection (b) while operating a motor vehicle pursuant to § 55-9-201(d) , § 55-9-402(g) or 55-9-414(f) , then the maximum fine for the offense shall be five thousand dollars ($5,000).


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