If I am accused of a crime but aquitted, can I sue my accusers?

I’ve been accused of 3 felonies; 2 witnesses claim to have seen me do this crime. Their credibility is very questionable, their stories don’t add up, and they have admitted to 2 out of the 3 things I’m being charged with. I just want to know if I’m aquitted of these charges, if I can sue them for everything they have done to me? If so what all can I sue for? This has taken quite a toll on my life.

Asked on July 22, 2012 under Personal Injury, Minnesota


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It is entirely possible that if you are acquitted of the criminal charges against you that there may be a legal and factual basis for you to bring a personal injury action against those that have accused you of the conduct leading to the charges against you.

If a jury acquits you of the charges after a trial, the chances for success in a later civil action against your accusers is pretty slim. However, if the court dismissed the charges against you on a dispositive motion, then you may have a greater chance of success in a civil action.

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