Jenelle Evans Was Crying in Court After Arrest: Lawyer
Jenelle Evans is starting to feel the full weight of her apparent actions. The Teen Mom 2 star, who was taken into custody on Tuesday, Apr. 23, for heroin possession and one charge of assault on husband Courtland Rogers, is now facing serious criminal charges and potential jail time, her lawyer Dustin Sullivan told Us Weekly on Wednesday, Apr. 24.
"Jenelle was brought into the courtroom [yesterday]," Sullivan told Us of the single mother to son Jace, 3. "She didn't have regular jail garb on, they had just brought her from virtually off the street. They did a bond hearing and set her bond and then set the court dates. Her bond was set at $10,000 for simple assault and $10,000 for possession of heroin."
"She was crying," he continued. "You could hear her crying in court from the other side of the courtroom."
On Tuesday, cops were called to the 21-year-old mom's residence in Brunswick, North Carolina, in response to an alleged domestic dispute. When they arrived, however, they found 12 bindles of heroin at the scene, as well as several other illegal substances and drug paraphernalia.
In addition to the drug charges, the MTV star was also charged with multiple assault counts for reportedly striking Rogers, 27, with a piece of furniture during their argument. Court orders will prevent the pair from getting into any more physical brawls for a long time, however.
"Courtland and Jenelle are not allowed to have any contact with each other whatsoever, even as husband and wife," Sullivan told Us. "That is going to stay in place until the case is resolved or unless the judge changes that order. And I'm confident that there will not be any judge to change that order."
If either Evans or her husband violate the court order, they could face up to 30 days in jail, Sullivan added. The ban may even extend to the online realm, where the couple often duke it out on Twitter ("It could be argued as such. My instructions were no contact," Sullivan said.)
A hearing for Evans' drug charges has been set for May 14 in the Brunswick County District Court, and the reality star will go to court again on June 3 to address the assault charges. Until the case is completely settled, Sullivan said, the two will continue to be cut off from communication with one another -- or face the consequences.
"It could be months," he said. And if the couple decides they want a divorce, which "has not been discussed," it would be a difficult route to take, Sullivan explained. "In North Carolina, you have to have a one-year separation period before you're eligible to even become divorced."
The reality TV couple tied the knot in December 2012 after just a few months of dating, but decided to pull the plug on their short-lived marriage in February after Evans accused Rogers of cheating on her.
One month prior, Evans filed five assault charges against Rogers, who denied her claims.