thisguy456 wrote:Give the guy a break, it's a decent question, because technically he was "arrested." I think most applications and background checks refer to arrested as being charged with a crime, being taken down to the police station, etc. Being handcuffed by the police is technically being arrested, so he has good reason to wonder.
As for OP's dilemma, I'm sorry but this is beyond the scope of advice I can give you.
No, its not. He was not arrested. Being arrested entails: being cuffed, a formal charge by the officer, and then either being released on your own recognizance (with a citation giving all the details and the court date) or taken to a precinct and held. In this case, OP was handcuffed to protect the officer's own safety; drunk people have a habit of becoming extremely violent.
OP, here's what you need to do: go down to the main police station. Ask to see anything relating to your name and the night in question. You have to do this in person and cannot do so over the phone. There will be a form you have to fill out, and there may be a $.25- $1.00 charge per page copied. Chances are, the officers didn't even file any paperwork, but by checking this way, you can see exactly what was said, and whether it is something to be concerned about. However, since you weren't cited, you may not have anything to disclose regardless. On the other hand, having this documentation, if any, will help you when preparing for the character and fitness section of the bar exam, which is significantly more probing than any law school app will ever be.