Your repeated refusals should be enough to deem the officer's actions entrapment if your case is presented properly. Possessing over a hundred dollars means absolutely nothing, and being a block away from your house shouldn't be used against you. With the right defense, you should be able to avoid a conviction altogether, even without diversion. If pushed close to trial, these charges could be dismissed. Contact some local attorneys to discuss the case in detail and get an idea of what representation might cost (I think it's smart that you were vague in your question; enough information for lawyers to get it, but nothing damning).
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Well, hiring a good lawyer is always a viable option. Trying to get a deferred entry of judgment, on the condition that you perform some community service, stay out of trouble, and maybe go to some meetings relative to the instant "crime," might be something that the DA and/or judge would accept. But again, a good lawyer can come up with some creative solutions, ones that have worked in your jurisdiction. And don't ya just hate it when the cops are gorgeous in these situations? That should be some form of entrapment!
You should not accept a conviction on this case unless they have a voice recording of you expressing your intentions unequivocally. Have you been representing yourself? If so, that is a mistake. You may have already said too much. Consult with more than one attorney and retain one to represent you if you can afford it. If not, request a public defender and let them know that you cannot accept a conviction. There are ways of avoiding a conviction without a formal diversion program in place. An experienced criminal defense attorney can do a lot for you in this type of case. Good Luck.
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