Court Dismissal Upon Satisfaction or Agreement

by | Feb 10, 2015 | Criminal Defense

Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 586 allows the Court to dismiss charges against a defendant in cases (usually theft-related offenses) where a case meets certain elements.  Obviously, dismissal of the charges is done through agreement between the parties and at the allowance of the presiding judge.  The statutory factors that must be satisfied are: 1. the offense was not committed through the use of force or violence or threat thereof, 2. the public interest will not be adversely affected, 3. the attorney for the Commonwealth consents, and 4. satisfaction has been made to the aggrieved person or there is an agreement that satisfaction will be made to the aggrieved person.

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