The facts you have outlined suggest you may very well have a valid claim against the officers. However, the heart of any civil lawsuit is the amount of damages. Unless you can prove significant damages you are unlikely to win significant money. Hiring an experienced attorney familiar with local conditions is very close to completely necessary, since the police will be represented by counsel very experienced in defending police against lawsuits.
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Maybe. You say that you were charged with possession and tampering with evidence, but you did not state whether you actually spent any time in jail. Proving anything other than nominal damages in your case (based on the facts or lack thereof as to actual imprisonment) is going to be difficult. For example, were you not hired for a job as a result of this false arrest? Sounds like the criminal charges were rightfully dropped, but I just don't see where you have a very valuable case for damages here.
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This is a tricky question. In short, If they had probable cause to detain you the case would probably be dismissed at summary judgement and you may wind up owing attorneys fees. You really should seek out a civil rights attorney here I. Avvo and consult them.
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