My question involves small claims court in the state of: California
I am suing my brother in law because he vandalized my car. This was witnessed by me and my brother. This damage has totaled about $1400. I am having to take off of work, which is another $200. Plus gas to drive up to the venue is about $80. I wrote my brother in law a letter asking for the funds but he didn't reply so I filed a small claims, which I told him I would do.
Today I received a letter from him stating this:
"Please be advised that you owe me a written letter stating that you will no longer attempt to pursue me in small claims court for damages to your vehicle. This letter is to be notarized and in my possession via certified mail no later than March 15, 2012. If this notarized letter is not in my hands by March 15, 2012, I will press charges against you for defamtion and harassment without further notice. Furthermore, I will pursue you for an amount of money that my attorney deems reasonable based on your accusations as a false witness and the cost of my expenses. It is in your best interest to settle this matter before a lawsuit is filed. This letter serves as evidence that I have attempted to resolve this matter informally."
I have a few questions. One is how will he prove anything. There were some things that I told my sister, via Facebook, that I felt about him. I didn't blast his name through the town, or on the internet. As for harassment, I asked him once for the money to be paid and my sister twice. After that, I have contacted him or my sister for nothing. I has been over a month.
How will this go? What are the steps/procedures with being charges with this? Will they actually arrest me?