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Reality TV star faces domestic violence, drugs and DUI charges

As regular readers of our Memphis Criminal Defense Legal Blog know, we rarely have reason to discuss entertainment figures in this space. But the convergence of legal issues in the lives of the cast of WE TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” is too tempting to resist.

The show revolves around June Shannon (“Mama June”) and her efforts to lose weight, as well as her relationships with her children and boyfriend Geno Doak. In fact, it's Doak who has been central in the legal issues that keep surfacing in the show. He and June were arrested on drug-related charges last month after police responded to a call about alleged domestic violence, and he was also arrested on the show for violating his DUI probation.

Doak and June Shannon were arrested at a gas station after police answered a call about a domestic dispute. News reports said Shannon was listed in police reports as the victim in a domestic violence case. While police were investigating that allegation, they apparently learned that the couple was in possession of crack cocaine, a pipe and a needle. They were charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

He was also charged with third-degree domestic violence – a misdemeanor – for reportedly threatening to kill June Shannon.

In a recent episode of the cable show, viewers saw Doak being arrested in an incident that actually occurred months ago. (The show is taped well in advance of its actual broadcast dates.) This time, June Shannon was at a fair with Doak and her children when police arrived and said that their records showed that there was an outstanding warrant on Doak for a DUI probation violation.

He was again taken into custody.

No matter your opinion of reality TV, the reality is that Doak is in real danger of losing his freedom if he is convicted on the drugs and domestic violence charges.

Like everyone in these kinds of situations, he should refrain from talking to a prosecutor until he has spoken with a criminal defense attorney about his legal options.

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