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I am so sorry that you have been through this indignity. The false arrest is one cause of action and the newspaper's printing of the false arrest when you were never booked is a cause of action for defamation. If the facts you have posted play out. The good news is that the type of lawyer you will need is a personal injury lawyer and most of these take this kind of case on a contingency fee basis which means you will not have to pay attorney's fees upfront, they will come out of whatever money he or she can get for you.
I would strongly encourage you to locate an attorney in your area who handles civil rights, false arrest and media defamation cases. The statute of limitations on these types of actions is usually short, 1 to 2 years.
The Missouri Bar Association has a lawyer referral service that can help you to find a lawyer:
Again, my condolences on this happening to you.
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