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Well, if it's involuntary manslaughter, that means that you're culpable for the death, as opposed to an accident from bad road conditions. If it truly was an accident, then you should not be convicted. If, however, you are convicted of involuntary manslaughter, you will have a felony conviction. Most states preclude individuals with felony convictions from being licensed healthcare workers, to include doctors and nurses.
What is the description / theory of the charge that makes you culpable vice an accident?
In PA, involuntary manslaughter is defined as a death of a person "as a direct result of the doing of an unlawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner. . . ."
Speeding, especially on an icy road is an unlawful act and or reckless act. If the police surmised that you were speeding based upon circumstantial evidence (skid marks, eyewitnesses, etc.), the state may prosecute you for the crime. It may be difficult for them to prove, and your defense would be that you were not speeding or operating in a reckless manner based upon the road conditions.
In cases like these, the prosecutor very often allows the person to enter a plea to a lesser charge, such as reckless operation, and if the person has no prior convictions, gives a conditional dismissal plea agreement. This means that if you plea to a low level misdemeanor with a conditional dismissal, as long as you do not commit any criminal acts for a period (typically 12 months), the conviction is dismissed, and you have no conviction record.
In that case, you could obtain your nursing certifications as if nothing ever ocurred.
Ok, to clarify, were you already convicted or are you pending charges?
If that is the case, you're only options to remove this from your record are to appeal the conviction, or to apply for a pardon. Otherwise, you will continue to have a misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter conviction.
Unfortunately, it's not a speedy process. It could take a few years to exhaust all appeals. If you prevail, it'll obviously be worth the effort.
Maybe. The process could be quicker, but they are granted infrequently.
You could pursue both simultaneously.
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