You will need to answer the ESTA form honestly and it will tell you whether you are approved to enter with ESTa or will need a visitor visa. You may want to contact a criminal lawyer in San diego to resolve your citation problem even before you come.
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You will need to hire a criminal defense attorney to resolve your unresolved criminal records, you will surely be prohibited from entering the U.S. with unresolved legal issues. The defense attorney could most likely negotiate with the prosecutor after explaining your situation.
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If there is a warrant out for you, you very well could be refused admission and/or detained. Neither the consul nor the DHS will be interested in why the ticket was left unresolved, so you should consult with a criminal defense attorney in advance to clear this up.