If you are under the age of 21 and arrested for underage drinking in Washington, DC, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Underage drinking charges in Washington, DC carry a maximum sentence of a $300 fine and a 90 day suspension of your driving privileges if convicted.
What you are probably more concerned about than the potential penalty is whether you will have a criminal record, and what a university will do you in terms of academic discipline.
As a Washington, DC underage drinking lawyer, I would like to answer these questions. First, there is a lot that can be done to prevent you from getting a conviction for underage drinking. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a community service diversion where you will be required to complete a certain number community service hours at one of over 30 approved non-profit organizations in the District in exchange for all charges being dismissed. There is also the possibility of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) or a deferred sentencing agreement (DPA), all of which can result in no convictions on your record.