Teen Mom stars' arrests: see the mugshots of Jenelle Evans, Amber Portwood, David Eason, Ryan Edwards, and more

THE THING about growing up in front of the cameras – or at least being in the limelight since adolescence – is that fans will see everything.

They'll see the achievements and the happy moments – but they'll also see the bad, like run-ins with the laws.

And the Teen Mom cast members have had a couple of those since they first appeared on 16 & Pregnant when it premiered in 2009.

From Jenelle Evans' multiple drug busts to Amber Portwood's domestic battery charges, here's a look at all the times the stars have gotten in trouble:


Amber has sadly been one of the stars who has had plenty of run-ins with authorities and has gotten arrested a handful of times.

She was first arrested in December 2010 and charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, one felony count of neglect of a dependent, and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

These charges were pressed after MTV caught on camera the violent fight between her and Gary Shirley, with whom she shares her daughter, Leah.

She pled guilty to the two counts of domestic battery.

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In 2011, she was arrested a second time for violating her probation and had to spend Christmas in a jail cell.

A year later later, she failed to complete her court-ordered rehab program and backed out of her plea deal on a felony drug charge in May 2012.

She was sentenced to serve two or more years in an Indiana prison.

After getting out of jail, Amber went right back as she was arrested again in 2019.

This time, she was charged with felony domestic battery charges in Indiana in July 2019 after a fight with her second baby daddy, Andrew Glenn.


Similar to Amber, Jenelle has collected her fair share of mugshots.

In 2010, she was first arrested along with her boyfriend at the time, Kieffer Delp, and has been in the back of a cop car 14 times more after.

Her charges include breaking and entering and drug possession in 2010, cyberstalking in March 2012, possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and simple assault on her husband at the time, Courtland Rogers, in April 2013, and driving without a license in February 2015.


Another Teen Mom cast member that has been arrested multiple times is Ryan Edwards, Maci Bookout's first baby daddy.

In 2018, he was arrested after violating his probation related to previous heroin possession.

That same year, he was arrested yet again for “previous charges or other reasons,” according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The inmate information system listed the charge as possession of a controlled substance.

A year later, he was arrested a third time for theft and heroin possession.


Alongside Jenelle, Kieffer was arrested in 2010 for breaking and entering and drug possession.

But unlike his ex, Kieffer hasn't been able to escape the police as he was arrested in 2018 for operating a methamphetamine lab, possession with intent to deliver, and risking a catastrophe.

He agreed to serve 18 to 36 months in a state correctional institution with three years probation.

However, only six days after completing his sentence, he was arrested in February 2020 on an outstanding warrant for jumping bail in New Jersey.

Cops allegedly picked him up after he visited his hometown of Salem, New Jersey. He was released from jail after posting bail.


In 2011, Gary Shirley was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

He was released on a $3,000 bond.


Another one of Jenelle's ex was arrested back in 2014.

At the time, Nathan Griffith was arrested for driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, driving on the wrong side of the road, and giving officers a false name and address.

He was sentenced to 47 days in jail. 

In 2019, he was arrested once more for driving while impaired.


In 2017, Devoin Austin was arrested for not showing up to a court date for previous drug possession and paraphernalia charges.


This year, Bar Smith was arrested for "willful discharge of firearm," The Sun revealed.

According to a police report shared by the Instagram account TeenMom.Tea, Bar was arrested for "willful discharge of firearm in negligent manner" at 9:35 AM.

He was held at Merced County Sheriff's Main Jail, while the MTV star's bond was set at $25,000.


Yet another one of Jenelle's partners has gotten in trouble with the cops multiple times.

Back in 2020, David was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and making verbal threats.

Jenelle, at the time, claimed she had left David for good, however, she took him back after he was arrested.

After the couple spent a week arguing, Jenelle recruited James Spivey and another friend to help pick up her things from their shared home.

A fight broke out during the visit when David "unlawfully and willfully assaulted James with a Springfield handgun, by hitting [the alleged victim] in the back of the neck and on his back with the handgun".

David posted bail shortly after his arrest.

In 2021, he was arrested again for "driving with a revoked license and open container of alcohol."

He was held on a $750 bond and was bailed out through a bondsman.


Jenelle's first husband, Courtland Rogers, has also been in and out of jail for years.

Back in 2013, he and Jenelle both got arrested for drug possession and assault.

In August 2018, he was arrested for assault, communications threats, and interference with emergency communication.

In January 2020, he was then arrested on one count of felony larceny, one count of probation violation, and one count of felony possession of a schedule I drug.

He also faced a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia and a schedule II drug.

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