This is a follow-up to an earlier post about a bench warrant in New York City.
I was issued a ticket for public consumption of alcohol a while back and neglected to mail in the guilty plea and fine. When I found the old ticket in my apartment, I called the courthouse and discovered there was a warrant for my arrest. I went down the next day. The warrant was vacated at the clerk's office (no arrest, no bail), I appeared before a judge, plead guilty to the original charge and paid the original fine. It was essentially a clerical exercise.
However, I now need to know if the failure to mail the plea/appear in court was a crime in itself. Nothing of this sort was mentioned during the ordeal. I have heard different states have different laws on this. Is this a crime in New York? Will I be charged for failure to appear at some point? I very much need to know this. Any help is appreciated.