First, before you can sue you need to make sure the charges are dropped against you both. Your civil case will be hurt if you take a plea or are found guilty at trial. Since you do not have any money a public defender will be appointed to represent you and your husband for free or very little money. If and when the charges are dropped find a lawyer who focuses on suing the police. Typically, these types of cases are done contingency, so you only pay if he/she collects money for you. Good luck.
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]West Palm Beach, FL
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I assume you and your husband have appeared before a judge for arraignment/initial appearance; if not, at the next court appearance ask the judge to appoint both of you an attorney to represent each of your interests separately. If you qualify, the court will appoint you a public defender to represent you in criminal court. Concentrate on your CRIMINAL defense FIRST, asserting a CIVIL claim later.
I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this response on the avvo website. I have not been retained to represent you. I am licensed to practice law in Kentucky and in federal court in this state and the Southern District of Indiana. You need to seek legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your area..
Honestly, I have read your facts and don't see anything in there that would be a basis to sue your neighbor or the police officers. If your neighbor filed a false police report, then he can be pursued criminally, but not by you. The fact that the police officers responded to a complaint filed by your neighbor and they acted on that complaint does not make them liable to your for ultimately arresting you. So, unless there is something that you are not telling us, I don't see a civil matter.