Reality TV stars Teresa and Joe Giudice are facing a major legal battle in New Jersey. The two, who star in Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey," are facing 39 counts of fraud and entered not guilty pleas last week in federal court. Now, they will face trial in October.
According to recent reports, the prosecutors in the case have asked Bravo for unaired footage from the television series, but it is unclear if the network is cooperating with the request. When someone is charged with fraud, they should take the charges very seriously. While an alleged crime could be mainly money related, a person could still spend significant time in prison if they are convicted.
A conviction can not only mean prison time, but it might also result in job loss, loss of income, fines, and harm to a person's reputation. When a person is a public figure, it can often be difficult for them to handle legal matters with privacy. The story of charges against them might be repeatedly published in papers and talked about online.
Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney in New Jersey might be a wise decision for anyone who is arrested or charged with a crime. They can help the person evaluate the charges and potential case against them, and form a rigorous criminal defense. Federal criminal charges such as the ones faced by the Giudices can be extremely damaging and a experienced attorney can work to clear a person's name and protect their reputation.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Prosecutors In Guidice Fraud Case Ask Bravo For Unaired 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Footage," Aug. 19, 2013