awkward follows you like a beer chasing a shot of tequila.
Work at a rehabilitation center, do peer counseling, something to concretely show that you have learned from your past and have truly changed. It's great that you're making good grades now- but I think really you'll be fighting an uphill battle and you need more than good grades to make up for your arrests.
Oh ps...if you reapply just with taking time off you don't really increase your chances of getting in. You usually need a higher LSAT score to really help you, from what I understand.