If I received a citation for disorderly conduct/fight, then wasfound not guilty for the charges, can I sue thepolice officer for my court costs?

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If I received a citation for disorderly conduct/fight, then wasfound not guilty for the charges, can I sue thepolice officer for my court costs?

Asked on June 1, 2009 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

It depends on whether the police had probable cause to arrest you.  if they could not state any reasonable basis for arresting you then i think you have a good shot.  i would need to know the facts under which you were arrested to make a better determination.  If you have good fact, you should file a 1983 action (civil rights).  These cases however, are very hard to prove and cost a lot of money. I suggest being thankful that you were found not guilty and move on.  Unless you really have some evidence that the police had no basis to arrest you, it is likely that a court will side with the police. 


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