Just this past week, I was charged with DWI in Washington DC (District of Columbia). This was the very first time in my entire life that I've ever been charged with anything. The other unfortunate part is that I also have an active security clearance. I am hoping to get some advice here to proceed.
1) I maybe able to get into the educational program for a year and end up with no conviction but will this charge still appear on my record?
2) After a year, when I apply for expungement and I am granted one, does it mean that the arrest has been erased?
3) Can this harm my current credentials i.e. security clearance?