My question involves criminal law for the state of: PA
I was in a confrontation with a girl and I ended up going to emergency room for stitches that she caused, but she told police that I grabbed her and threatened her, so I am the one who got the citation. I NEVER touched her. Anyhow, I received a certified letter from the District Magistrate with a charge for harassment. Under charges is has "S 18 S2709 SSA1 harassment". It doesn't have the amount of the fine, it just said that if I am pleading guilty, send in the amount specified above, which there wasn't any amount there, or to plead not guilty and send in a check for $50. I pleaded not guilty and sent in the check for $50 and I received a paper back with my trial scheduled for next month. I am not going to have a lawyer with me. I am just going to tell them what happened because I did not do anything wrong. My questions are:
If the officer or the other party does not show up, will they automatically dismiss it?
Will it stay on my record IF they find me not guilty?
If they find me guilty, what is the fine and/or what happens, jail, fine?
I have never been charged with anything. My record is clean and I am not guilty on this one. She, on the other hand has a history of shoplifting. I never spoke with the accusing officer until the following night on the telephone because I was in the emergency room getting stitches when he talked to her and her boyfriend. I talked to 2 officers from a different county that came to the emergency room that night, and they said she would probably be arrested. Her boyfriend lied to police to protect her because she was driving his car when she did this. 5 other witnesses told this officer that I did not touch her and told them what she did, but all these people work and cannot attend this hearing. Please give me your advice on this ASAP. Thanks.