I recently faced a citizen's arrest in California for a misdemeanor
I was walking through a park with my hand in my pockets, holding and dictating voice notes into my iPhone.
A police officer pulled up to the park and said someone had called to report suspicious behavior. Apparently a woman outside the park thought that I was "stimulating myself" in my pants while walking around the park. She also said I was touching my other private parts and even partially removed my pants.
While I might have reflexively "scratched my butt," I did not perform any of the accused behaviors. Furthermore, I have a vocal note on my phone timestamped a few minutes after the accused behaviors.
The case is further exaggerrated in that there is an elementary school nearby, and it is a high-crime area.
I've never had any sort of criminal
offense against me, and am quite prototypical of a "responsible, educated" 20 year old kid.
We have a court
date for mid-March. Since it's her word against mine, how can I "prove" that I did not do it? What are the odds of any fines or conviction?
Thank you very much.