Amber Portwood must plead with judge after failing drug test. Press photo via MTV 'Teen Mom'.
Amber Portwood, the ‘Teen Mom’ who stared in the reality series first season is no stranger to turmoil, trouble and the law. Portwood has had numerous run-ins with child protective services over potential domestic abuse against her baby’s father, Gary Shirley, as well as numerous drug charges. Portwood received a break when the court allowed the drug charges to be expunged from her record if she complies with the court’s requirements of probation. Portwoods most recent arrest was back in December 2010 when authorities searched her apartment and allegedly found a significant amount of crack-cocaine. If convicted of a class D felony, Portwood could have faced up to a 5-year prison sentence, however, Portwood avoided hard time by agreeing to stay at a halfway house and undergo drug rehabilitation that included highly managed, daily drug testing. If, at any time, Portwood failed a drug test, the judge could impose the original prison sentence.
According to TMZ, Portwood failed to submit a urine test last Monday, thereby failing to complete the terms of the probation. Portwood claimed that she was unable to submit a urine test because she wasn’t able to urinate at the time. This could be a big problem for Portwood if the judge doesn’t believe her.
Portwood reports her progress to the judge every Thursday where she will be forced to explain her failure to complete her drug test. A failure to submit a urine test is the same as failing the test altogether.
Perhaps part of Portwoods plea for leniency and forgiveness will involve what she revealed to E! News just a few months ago — that she was diagnosed with bipolar and disassociation disorder.
Portwood’s daughter, Leah, 3, spends time between both parents who have share custody.
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