I just finished my first year of community college and I'm filling out a transfer application for a college that has spaces available for incoming transfers. One of the questions is whether I have been charged with a crime. I was given a citation for underage drinking last year. I did a class (three sessions) and paid a fine, so the charge will be off my record next January. At the moment it's still on there, but I don't know if I was actually "charged" with the crime. How do I answer this on my application?
For application purposes, your “citation" should be considered a “crime" but it should not have any negative impact on your transfer chances unless the college you are considering is extremely religious and/or conservative (and, even then, this is not an automatic deal-breaker).