Someone with a serious vendetta against me and a truly SICK dedication to put me in jail has gotten me arrested for assault and battery... I'll include more details as they're revealed to me, but I just have no idea what to do - and can't believe this is happening.
The broad strokes:
I recently became romantically involved with a co-worker who was living with her fiance. It began while he was out of town, and although she continued to live with him - we kept it a secret and continued to see each other. After a little more than a month, she moved out - and he soon discovered the truth about the affair and her reasons for leaving. Apparantly she had promised him that she would stop seeing me... or something to that effect, because one morning he showed up at my house to confront her. I don't know if this qualified as criminal harassment of her or myself - but because she was willing to go outside and speak with him, and was still attempting to resolve her relationship with him... I didn't contact the police.
This continued for several weeks as she seemed torn between trying to end their association amicably and her fearful need to get away from him... but because of whatever lingering obligation she feels towards him, she's endured his harassment and stalking - pressuring her into 4 hour conversations and showing up at her home when she refused to speak to him, confronting her at work... on more than one occasion he's even driven or walked past my home to see if we're together.
Recently, it must have become clear to him that reconciliation was impossible - and she was NOT going to stop seeing me... so he took it to the next level.
I don't know if he inflicted the injuries on himself, or what... but I'm awoken in the middle of the night by the police and arrested for assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Apparantly he went to some twisted lengths to plant a baseball bat with his own blood on it in the back of my car. That, along with his story - that i confronted him at his home, threatened him to leave this girl alone, and then beat him with the weapon when he refused. All of this is COMPLETELY UNTRUE! I hadn't left my home since returning from work, but because he claims this happened around midnight - I have no witnesses to verify my whereabouts. Also, he's gotten one of his friends to corroborate the entire story.
I can already look at this and see how bad it can get for me... I'm going to need a lawyer, and that's an expense I can barely afford. If I'm able to defend myself, can I sue him for filing this false report? If this is just a 'he said / she said' but all the physical evidence is on his side - what can I do? Should I insist on a polygraph to support his story? Will a jury believe his witness even though it's his buddy?
I've spoken with her, and she's convinced that he's lying and making all this up... apparantly he told her several times that he was going to "**** my life up" - is that admissable? Would it even matter? I don't really know if she's a credible witness though because she's been lying to everyone about the nature of our relationship and the sequence of events... him, our co-workers, her family, etc. She also has a history of mental illness that once included hospitalization, so I imagine her testimony would get torn to pieces.
I have no criminal record, but neither does he... I can provide numerous character witnesses, but I'm sure he can as well... I can barely afford a decent lawyer, but his father is a prominent one...
Jesus, I'm screwed.
I'm wondering if I should just agree to whatever he wants in return for dropping the charges or recanting his story, at this point - I'd rather stay away from his ex than spend a year or more in jail... because it looks like he thought this all the way through. Even a good lawyer will have trouble with the evidence against me... how can I prove the "liar liar pants on fire" defense?
Is there ANYTHING I can do? Just fight the good fight and hope the judge / jury believes my story and not his?
Oh, one more thing... I don't know if it will really matter - but I have NO idea where this baseball bat came from and there will definitely not be any fingerprints of mine on it... will that make a difference?