HB 2934 amends 22 OS § 815 to allow prosecutors to dismiss a criminal charge by filing a notice of dismissal. The notice must be filed before the preliminary hearing in felony cases and before the matter is set for trial in misdemeanors. A defendant in such case shall only be required to pay the costs of that action if agreed upon by the parties. Dismissal after these time limits requires application to the trial court and an order of dismissal–as per the prior law.
This law went into effect November 1, 2016.