Originally Posted by odoreater
I am not giving you legal advice and I am not familiar with the laws of your jurisdiction, and by making this post, we are not forming an attorney-client relationship.
But I will point out that in CA, the court does not just issue bench warrants, but also levies civil penalties that attach to failures to appear. This can add hundreds of dollars to the base fine for the jaywalking infraction.
There is also a possibility that if the clerk issues a summons for failure to appear, and you fail to appear for that second hearing, you will owe additional penalties for failure to appear on the failure to appear. With the State of CA being nearly bankrupt, I suspect they will use the civil penalty provisions as aggressively as possible, and argue that there is no double jeopardy problem if they keep tacking them on as many times as you fail to appear.