What Are Examples of Intentional Torts?

Examples of intentional torts include fraud, misrepresentation, false imprisonment, slander and libel, according to Nolo. Assault, battery and wrongful death may be considered intentional torts and crimes depending on the circumstances of each case. An intentional tort means someone committed a negligent act on purpose to harm another person.

Fraud involves a person who deceives others intentionally for personal gain or to damage another party. Slander and libel relate to false statements made by one party that damage the reputation of another. False imprisonment happens when someone purposely restricts the freedom of another person, notes Nolo. Assault and battery occur when a party causes physical harm to another person’s body. Wrongful death asserts one party’s intentional actions caused another person’s death.

Other types of intentional torts include infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, trespass and conversion, according to FindLaw. Inflicting emotional distress occurs when someone’s outrageous behavior harms another person through emotional distress or bodily harm. Invasion of privacy happens when one party interferes with the rights of another to be left alone. Trespass involves using someone’s property without permission. Conversion is when a person takes another’s property and converts it to his own use. Conversion, as a crime, is otherwise known as stealing, and some of these intentional torts can be classified as crimes if there is enough evidence for prosecution.