If the case can be proved on the basis of other admissible evidence, no, dismissal is not the only outcome. The government has the burden of proof (standard is 'beyond a reasonable doubt') and a missing witness can impact the ability to meet that burden.
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On preliminary question to be answered is: "What stage are you at in the process?" If you are at the preliminary hearing stage, the prosecution's burden is to establish a prima facie case which does not require the prosecution to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Thus, they may show a prima facie case with other evidence. More importantly, if the case is dismissed at the preliminary hearing stage, the charges can be refiled.
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