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Just because your case is dismissed, nolle prosequied, or if you were acquitted doesn't mean that you can sue for false arrest, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, etc.
Instead, you'd have to prove that the officers had no probable cause to arrest and charge you.
Often, this is a very difficult standard because probable cause is subjective, and it only requires the particular officer to believe there is sufficient evidence or circumstances to believe a crime is or has been committed.
IF you believe you can prove that, then it is possible to sue for damages.
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