Carlson was indicted last month for allegedly accessing people's public records for reasons "unrelated to any official business or work-related assignment." Prosecutors alleged that he'd been "repeatedly" accessing the Driver and Vehicle Services database for non-work purposes since 2003.
The St. Paul City Attorney's Office charged him with a single count of misconduct of a public employee -- and that is now being dismissed, but not because Carlson's not guilty.
Carlson's lawyer, Fred Bruno, explained to the Star-Tribune that "a police officer cannot be charged with a gross misdemeanor unless there's a statutory violation and, in Carlson's case, there was none."
His charges have not been formally dismissed yet, however: Carlson has been granted a continuance for dismissal, which means that the charge will be dismissed in a year if he can stay out of trouble.