My neighbor is intimidating me
Doing so gives your neighbor notice of the “charges” against him and time to prepare for the court date.
California's harassment statute does not cover any violence undertaken as a result of self-defense or defense of another.
You can bring a witness with you to support your case.
Your neighbor will have a chance to present his side of the story if he shows up for the hearing.
If your neighbor is someone you previously dated, a former spouse or partner, or a close relative (such as a parent, sibling or in-laws), you must seek a restraining order outside of California’s civil harassment statute.
These include domestic violence and elder abuse restraining orders.
A restraining order is a court order that prevents your neighbor from contacting or approaching you or anyone in your household, whether you’re at home or in a public setting.