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Dismissal of Case per Rule 586

“What is rule 586 in the Pennsylvania crime code?”

Rule 586 is entitled Dismissal Upon Satisfaction or Agreement. It applies to any non-violent philadelphia criminal defense lawyer. (There is a similar rule, Rule 546, which applies to misdemeanors.) Essentially, the rule stands for the proposition that the district attorney can decide to dismiss a case if the defendant has agreed to pay restitution or otherwise satisfy the victim of the crime.

You see this most often in forgery or theft cases. If the defendant apologizes and returns all of the money, and everyone agrees, the DA can dismiss the case under this rule.

It is important to remember that the District Attorney must agree to dismiss the case. Nobody has any right to have a case dismissed under this rule.

2 Comments on Dismissal of Case per Rule 586

  1. Anonymous // at 12:59 am // Reply

    This answer is wrong. It is inaccurate that 586 is for felonies and 546 is for misdemeanors. 586 is for dismissal at common pleas court and 546 is a similar statute for district justices.

  2. Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire // at 1:01 am // Reply

    @Anon, Mr. Hochberg is 100% correct in his answer. Your answer assumes there is no Municipal Court and your answer does not apply to Philadelphia county. Your answer is in essence the same as Mr. Hochberg's.

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