That's good for you.
Actually, it WAS willful. You knowingly and intentionally failed to appear when you signed a promise to appear. You may have believed that the friend would take care of it, but YOU had the legal obligation to appear in court or take care of the matter as you agreed to when you signed the citation. The fact that the DA dropped the entire thing is a lucky thing for you and likely the result of budget cuts and a lack of resources.
That Guy, I clearly
explained why my FTA was not willful. Did you not read my post?
And you failed to do ANY of those things. Your "good faith" belief aside, you failed to take care of the citation in the legally accepted manner. Perhaps you should take a look at PC 853.6 et seq. and point out the "good faith" exception.
cdwjava, I appreciate your second response, but your legal analysis in your first is faulty. You don't have to
appear in court. You can pay the bail and request trial by declaration, or just pay the fine, and by exercising either option thereby satisfy your legal obligations.
Oh, and note PC 7 where it says:
The word "willfully," when applied to the intent with which an
act is done or omitted, implies simply a purpose or willingness to
commit the act, or make the omission referred to. It does not require
any intent to violate law, or to injure another, or to acquire any
You willfully failed to appear or resolve the matter as required pursuant to PC 853.6 et seq. You are fortunate that nothing happened to you because you could have been charged with the additional offense and compelled to pay an even greater fine.