For the record, this is an open and shut case and not a debate....
Where the justice system is involved, there is no such thing. Worse, "...the law is an ass" as observed Mr Bumble, and one should never leave anything to its tender mercies. (The fact that you are banned for 5 years on accusation alone at this juncture should be a teaching point.)
Hie thee to a lawyer ASAP as recommended above. California or not, you need to get this formally cleaned up in court records. It will haunt you forever if not