Amber Portwood: Turning Down Plea Bargain to Continue Filming Teen Mom?

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Troubled Teen Mom star Amber Portwood is considering NOT taking a plea deal because it would effectively end her reality TV career, according to reports.

Amber is supposed to be released from jail into the care of a halfway house this week after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

She may end up changing her plea, however, so she can continue shooting Teen Mom as much as possible, sources tell E! News. Why on Earth ...

Clueless Amber

Portwood, who faces up to five years in jail if she violates probation, is not going to change her plea because she wants to sit in a cell instead.

It is true, though, that the drug court that's allowing Portwood to rehabilitate at the halfway house has ordered the facility not to allow cameras.

For Amber Portwood, this is a very big deal.

Last week, she said she had been under the impression that she would be allowed to live with her grandparents and film Teen Mom while fulfilling the terms of her sentence (counseling, regular check-ins with the court, etc.).

Being ordered to a halfway house caught her by surprise.

In order to stay out of jail, she was ordered to spend eight months at the halfway house and get a full-time job ... one that does not involve TV.

The third season of Teen Mom is set to premiere April 3, so that would leave Amber SOL and without the paycheck she's come to depend on.

As such, Amber decided Saturday that she may rather "do her time now and get it out of the way," and the halfway house is "not the right place for her."

It wouldn't be the full five years, presumably, if she did agree to serve jail time. We are probably talking about a couple of months, tops.

After which, she would be free to film, without stipulations.

"The system doesn't want Amber to succeed," a friend said. "She needs to stay in the entertainment industry. There are no jobs in Anderson (Ind.). She needs to finish her schooling. She can't do all of that with a $7-an-hour job."

Baby daddy Gary Shirley currently has custody of her daughter, Leah.

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Amber Portwood Biography

Amber and Leah (Teen Mom)
Amber Portwood is a star on MTV's Teen Mom. She is the mother of Leah Leann Shirley, whose father is Gary Shirley, Amber's on-off fiance... More »
Anderson, Indiana
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Amber Portwood