Originally Posted by CRS
Missing a court day = warrant for your arrest + guilty.
Not exactly. Since the warrant is for Fail to Appear, it's to make sure that the offender will be arrested to be brought before a Justice of the Peace ("JP"). However, these warrants are usually endorsed warrants, meaning that the offender most likely will not be brought before a JP and the police department will issue a Promise to Appear ("PTA") to the offender so that he/she can attend to court at a later time.
He/she can still decide how to plead then... and he/she can still go and pay the fine and be done with with it.