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If they are offering a suspended imposition of sentence on the misdemeanor in SD, then upon completion of the sentence the charges would be removed from your record. The problem is that with a felony, no medical facility will hire you, especially with a drug felony. With the Suspended Imposition, the charge is later removed from your record and you do not have to disclose it to anyone UNLESS they ask if you have ever had a suspended imposition of sentence, which the licensing boards can ask and you have to tell them and then they will review the circumstances and give you a change to explain the situation, since it would not be grounds to mandatory deny you licensing.
The Suspended Imposition, is generally the much safer bet than having the felony, because the felony would pretty much insure that you would not have any chance at all. Having a ingestion of marijuana (THC) and ETOH charge is much easier to explain to the board than a felony.
You need to explain to your attorney about the nursing issue and tell him that you do not need this to stop you from pursuing that career and to continue to try to press the DA to at least drop the misdemeanor down to only the ETOH and drop off the THC as that would make it even easier for you to explain away in your future to the licensing boards.
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