Could Mama June Lose Custody Of Honey Boo Boo After Drug Possession Arrest? – Lawyer Explains
Could ‘Mama June’ Shannon’s arrest on Mar. 13 put her in danger of losing custody of daughter, ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, 13, to ex ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson? A Georgia lawyer EXCLUSIVELY tells HL what she can expect.
June “Mama June” Shannon, 39, and her boyfriend of three years, Geno Doak, were shockingly arrested at an Alabama gas station for drug possession (believed to be crack cocaine) & possession of drug paraphernalia on Mar. 13, and now a lawyer in Georgia, where June lives, is EXCLUSIVELY telling HollywoodLife whether the arrest could affect June’s full custody of 13-year-old daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.
We previously reported that Alana’s father, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, 47, whose relationship with June ended in 2011, is hoping his ex’s arrest will give him the opportunity to see his daughter more and maybe even lead to him gaining full custody of her. A source previously told us that June currently has sole legal custody and primary physical custody of Alana, and Mike only has visitation rights. Dunn says June’s arrest alone, though, may not be enough to make the custody change Mike hopes for, especially if Alana is doing well with June. “If the child is thriving in the status quo, an isolated incidence of substance abuse may not be sufficient to persuade the Court that it is in the child’s best interest to change custody,” he explained.
Dunn elaborated further by explaining whether or not a conviction could increase the chances of June losing custody of Alana. “While a conviction would certainly intensify her exposure, the absence of a conviction, or even an acquittal, will not be exculpatory in this context,” he said. “This is because it is necessary for the prosecutor to prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction in the criminal trial; whereas, evidence of substance abuse need only be proven by a preponderance of the evidence (meaning more likely than not) in order to be properly taken into consideration in the custody case.”
In addition to Alana, June has three other children (none of which are underage) from previous relationships, including Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell, 24, Jessica Louise “Chubbs” Shannon, 22, and Lauryn Michelle “Pumpkin” Shannon, 19.
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