The crucial question is why he waived his preliminary hearing. The case is now in the court of common pleas and will be put on a trial list. He must have had an attorney so questions concerning strategy and resolving the case prior to trial should be directed to that attorney.
I too am mystified by the waiver of the prelim. Was that done with the "assistance" of counsel? You asking questions about getting the charges dropped; the preliminary hearing is the first and most logical place for that to occur. It is also the time and place where the defensive effort is commenced. Without the representation of a qualified criminal defense, the chances of having the charges dropped after the preliminary hearing are rather slim.
To answer your question, a case may be dropped by the Commonwealth at any time. He may have then wait to go in front of the judge to get ride of the case on the record, officially.
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