Amber Portwood Agrees to Plea Deal: Will Teen Mom OG Star Be Going to Prison?

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It appears that the embattled Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood has a very good lawyer, very good fortune or maybe a little bit of both.

About three months after the MTV personality was arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Portwood has agreed to a plea deal.

Under the terms of that plea arrangement, she will therefore avoid any kind of trial in a case that seemed destined for a doozy of one. 

This has fans across the nation wondering in response:

Will she also avoid any kind of jail time?

Scroll down for the details as we break down what happened, what's coming next and just how the heck we arrived at this point ...

1. Let's Start with a Refresher

Let's Start with a Refresher
For those unaware of the details in this case, Amber Portwood was arrested early on the morning of July 5 after she got into an explosive argument with boyfriend - and baby daddy - Andrew Glennon.

2. What Happened?

What Happened?
Well ... a lot. Sources have said Amber blamed Andrew for the family missing a July 4 fireworks show a few hours earlier, and proceeded to absolutely lose her s--t on him as a result.

3. That Feels Like an Overreaction

That Feels Like an Overreaction
Yes, it does. Quite. But Portwood has at least been candid in the past about the trouble she has controlling her temper and emotions, telling fans she has struggled mightily with bipolar disorder and other mental health issues.

4. How Ugly Did It Get?

How Ugly Did It Get?
VERY. Ugly almost doesn't do it justice. Glennon has said Amber hurled a shoe at his head, something she has admitted to. But he's also claimed that he was holding one-year old son James in his arms at the time and barricaded himself in the bathroom with the toddler out of fear for their safety.

5. Did Amber Just Leave Them Alone at That Point?

Did Amber Just Leave Them Alone at That Point?
Uhhh, no. We wish that was the worst of it. But she allegedly grabbed a machete, which obviously she had available to her (?!) and used it to try and break the door down, prompting Glennon to text 911 and the authorities to arrive on the scene.

6. That Still Wasn't Even All, Either

That Still Wasn't Even All, Either
It's just insane. Andrew has said that the mother of his child then threatened to commit suicide by overdosing on clonazepam, ingesting copious quantities of that prescription medication before soon throwing all these pills back up.

7. YIKES

YIKES
To put it mildly. Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident, but Portwood was arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana as a result and charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

8. So... She's Obviously Going to Jail, Right?

So... She's Obviously Going to Jail, Right?
One would think, but apparently not. Based on a plea deal we can now confirm Portwood has agreed to, as reported by Us Weekly, E! News and other outlets, she may avoid heading back to prison, where she's spent over a year of her life already.

9. Describe This Arrangement, Please

Describe This Arrangement, Please
As part of the agreement, the reality star will receive one felony charge and be under probation for one year. After successfully completing probation - if she does so, that is - Portwood's felony charge is set to be lowered to a misdemeanor.

10. Is There Jail Time in Her Future?

Is There Jail Time in Her Future?
Provided she complies with her probation for that year, and the judge hands down a lenient sentence at that point for the misdemeanor, no. This is hard for many to believe because Amber was also arrested for domestic violence back in 2011 after she attacked Gary Shirley. How many chances does she get, you know?

11. Has Amber Commented on This Decision?

Has Amber Commented on This Decision?
Not directly. However, an Us Weekly insider says Portwood is “relieved but overall, she’s really just focused on James,” the son she welcomed with ex-boyfriend Andrew Glennon in May 2018, as mentioned previously.

12. Has Andrew Commented Yet on the Decision?

Has Andrew Commented Yet on the Decision?
No, but there's a reason to believe he knew it may have been on the way.

13. How So?

How So?
Earlier this week, we reported that Glennon had agreed NOT to move California, something he had previously petitioned to do. This may have been because he knew Amber would be remaining free and he wants his son to have both parents nearby.

14. What Has Amber Said About the Arrest Overall?

What Has Amber Said About the Arrest Overall?
The most specific she has gotten was when she responded to the fact that Glennon texted 911 AND alleged Amber has used the aforementioned machete. “A text message, by the way. I just want to point that out real quick to everybody. But I ran after him with a machete,” she quipped in a sarcastic fashion several weeks ago. “Let me tell you what: if somebody’s coming after me with something like that, I’m calling the f-cking police and running out the door.”

15. As for Glennon?

As for Glennon?
He has spoke openly about the incident and frequently gone after Portwood about what happened that night. He also shot down numerous claims his ex made of him cheating at the time. Since then he has kept a relatively low profile, stating that he is focused on raising their son.

16. Amber Has a History

Amber Has a History
We did cite this above, but Portwood pleaded guilty to two felony domestic battery counts in 2011 following an incident involving her ex-fiancé Shirley, the father of her 10-year-old daughter Leah. She was arrested later that year for being in violation of her probation after prescription pills were found in her possession.

17. Did She Go to Jail Back Then?

Did She Go to Jail Back Then?
Yes. The Indiana native served a 17-month sentence and released in 2013.

18. Now What? Will MTV Fire Her?

Now What? Will MTV Fire Her?
No word from the network, but it seems very unlikely if this really is the concluding legal outcome. We've said for awhile, though, that Amber needs to go. She doesn't deserve this Teen Mom platform or salary any longer.

19. What About James?

What About James?
Andrew has sole custody at the moment. It's unknown if this is a temporary arrangement and/or if there will be a hearing down the line to award more custody to Portwood.

20. Can Amber See James at All These Days?

Can Amber See James at All These Days?
Yes, under very strict and specific circumstances. For starers, she can only see her son on three non-consecutive “days” per week, with one of those days (likely on the weekend) for 10 hours. The other days’ visits will last for three hours.

21. There are More Rules, Too...

There are More Rules, Too...
Amber and Andrew must agree to the holidays on which the former can see James, and she must then return him to his father at least an hour before bedtime.

22. Can Amber Have Him Overnight?

Can Amber Have Him Overnight?
Yes, but only if Amber has “exercised regular care responsibilities for the child," according to the agreement between the exes.

23. And Here are Some Important Rules:

And Here are Some Important Rules:
James is not be allowed to be filmed by MTV; and both Amber and Andrew have agreed they will not post photos of James to social media.

24. This Toddler is All That Matters in the End

This Toddler is All That Matters in the End
We really hope both sides keep that in mind.

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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 »
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Anderson, Indiana
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