Why Would Criminal Charges Be Dropped or Dismissed?

Criminal charges do not always lead to a trial. They are not "set in stone," so to speak. Criminal charges may be altered, added on to, or even dismissed. Charges may be dismissed for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, new evidence in a case leads to a different development of culpability. In other cases, prosecutors may find that criminal charges are exaggerated or overblown. For more reasons as to why criminal charges may be dropped, continue reading below.

As we stated earlier, there are a multitude of reasons why criminal charges could eventually be dropped against a charged defendant. Here are some specific reasons why a case against a defendant is dismissed.

krasner & long lawyers

These are just some of the reasons that lead prosecutors and victims to dropping or dismissing criminal charges, such as aggravated assault or white collar crimes. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, and you believe the accused deserves vindication, contact the attorneys at Krasner & Long for a free consultation.

After criminal charges are dropped or dismissed, then the accused will have the charge stricken from his or her record. This discharge of liability in a crime is fairly informal, and happens frequently in the early part of a case where prosecutors come to terms with the defendant in a plea agreement or where new evidence is discovered. Dropped charges are less frequent where prosecutors build a case against the defendant and the case is close to going to trial.

Once criminal charges are dropped, you will be released from police custody and allowed to return to your daily life. However, if you have multiple charges against you, then a single dropped charge is not dispositive to exoneration. In fact, it is very common for prosecutors to drop one charge against a defendant in favor of another. In order to be absolved of wrongdoing, all charges against a criminal defendant need to be wiped away.

If you or a family member has been charged with a criminal offense, and you are interested in learning more about the possibility of dismissing those charges, contact our firm today.

judge dismissing criminal charges

If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, then you need to contact the Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys at Krasner & Long. We have years of experience defending clients against a wide range of misdemeanor and felony charges in Pennsylvania, including sex crimes, drug crimes, and federal crimes. We will protect your loved one's legal rights while vigorously fighting the charges on their behalf.

There are very serious consequences associated with many criminal charges, and you need an attorney that you can trust and an attorney that will fight for you every step of the way. To discuss your legal matter in a free, completely private case consultation, call our law offices at (215) 882-9752 today.

  • 45+ Years of Combined Legal Experience

  • Available 24/7 To Answer Your Call

  • 20,000+ Cases Successfully Handled

  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

  • Recipients of a 10/10 "Superb" Avvo Rating

Contact Krasner & Long, LLC!

Our attorneys are standing at the ready to defend your rights.

  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.