What is the name of your state? CA
Hi I'm Laura, 22, from CA.
Okay. So I'm sorry for the really LONG tale from before. You're ALL right, it was TOO LONG. Anyways here I go:
My ex-boyfriend has had some of my belongings since last year July 2005, which is also when we broke up and I moved out of his parents house. I've been asking him to give it back since last year, he refuses, makes excuses and won't give it back.
Last Month (January 2006) I gave an ultimatum to give it back or I'll take him to court. He never gave it back. I decided to try the parents and the dad said he would get my things to me. A week later I called since I got no reply. The dad was screaming at me because my ex had stolen a LARGE amount of money from a company he worked for, and my ex told the dad that the money was spent on me. The dad told me that I had to pay his son $2,000 to get my things back. (Why $2,000? Well, when I purchased my car in 2004, my ex had given me $2,000 to help me for down-payment on my car. That money was given to me, with no agreement that I pay him back. )
I brought the cops over to his house last Sunday. The dad and him understood that since the money was given to me, I don't owe him anything. The cops told me that I should have my things back by Tuesday, and that I should call him for it, otherwise, I'd have to take him to court. I called and he called back the next day saying, that now, to get my things back, I have to take his name off my car which we signed together. The car is still owned by the bank. First, he wanted $2,000 and since that didn't work, he's coming up with another matter of taking his name off my car. I said if I were to go along with the plan, I wanted something in writing and notarized because I don't trust him. He became furious and said he won't make any written agreements or sign anything.
Today, he text-messaged my phone that he will go ahead with the written thing as long as I sign too. I said no. He has carried thing way too far, for way too long. I also told him that if he doesn't get my things back to me by the end of this week, I'm taking this to court. I don't want to sign anything, because I realize I don't have to. I shouldn't even have to go through this next phase or game anymore. It went from ransom to simply holding my things hostage until I do him a favor. I need help...
Where do you think court will take me with this? Is this a valid case? I'm not sure of my rights. Are there lawyers who'd like to help me take on this case in court? I'd really appreciate any replies.