My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I was out tonight and my friend(idiot) decided to pull a prank on me and say that my girlfriend had been acting inappropriately at a bar around the corner from where i was. I saw her outside of the bar and grabbed her by the arm. We have been dating for 2 years and have never gotten physical or really ever get into verbal fights. There were a few cops right in front of us when this happened. At first one of the cops told me to just go home, then another stopped me and started asking me questions. They also questioned my girlfriend and her friend and they emphasized that it was not a big deal. My girlfriend told the cop that charges would definitely not be neccessary. The cops told my girlfriend i was not going to face any punishment and that they would release me immediately as they drove off with me in the back of the cop car. I guess they lied. Eventually the Officer arrested me and took me back to the station. He lectured me for about 5 minutes about how my Girlfriend was very pretty and i needed to re-examine my life and then let me go. I realize that as there were cops right in front of me they are witnesses, however there seemed to be some disagreement between the cops. The one who insisted on arresting me took me in his car and back to the station.
I'm wondering what type of punishment I can expect for this. I have a court date scheduled for a month from today according to the officer. How should i go about handling this.
What I'm worried about is whether this will affect my ability to gain employment in the future. I am 23, work for a software company, and am only just starting my career. I have never been in any sort legal trouble before.
I appreciate anyone who might have any input. I've read every forum post on this subject on here, but thought that my case may have slightly different circumstances. Thanks