My question involves court procedures for the state of: California
I tried filing a small claims against a guy who owes me about $4,000.
He bought a laptop under my credit and was paying the interest of it and then stopped paying it in general. The laptop was purchased in August 2008 for $1,700 and he still owes the company $1500. I told him to return the laptop to me since he stopped making the payments and now he refuses to return it to me and not pay for the bill. I've been making the payments to save my credit. I asked for the laptop many times and have written proof that the laptop is mine and he said he would make the payments. He has not and he said he'd only give it back to me if I pay him back what he paid for it already.
I tried to get it back, but then he moved out of the state. He now lives in Georgia. He also owes me other expenses which I have written proof that he said he'd pay me back. I tried to reason with him and tried to take him to Small Claims but was rejected because he moved out of state.
I don't know what to do. He has my laptop that I am paying for and I can't file a criminal charge as well as small claims. The crime happened in California. Now he is out of state.
What can I do?
Not to mention, I helped cosign on a student loan ($8,500), which he isn't paying for, but that is my fault. I should had learned what that was. I was naive and didn't know anything about credit. So I know I can't do anything about that, but at least I can take care of the other stuff he said he'd pay me back for. I also have written proof he said he'd pay for the student loan if I paid it.
But what can I do?
Oh, and the agreement happened in California. I tried filing it here but they did not accept it because he lives out of state. He used to live in California. I have his old address as well.