DUI Led to ‘Real Housewives’ Star’s Fraud Charges

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice is facing federal prison time for fraud. Now, according to NJ.com, he either has to take a plea or go to trial for state fraud charges that began with a DUI.

New Jersey has charged Guidice with fraud on the grounds that he attempted to pass his brother’s driver’s license off as his own. The “Real Housewives” star used his brother’s license after his license was suspended for Driving Under the Influence.

Giudice is being charged with wrongfully using identifying information of another person and forgery. The first charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years while forgery has a maximum sentence of 18 months.

The string of charges that Giudice is currently dealing with all stemmed from the original DUI arrest. Driving Under the Influence is easily avoidable. If you are planning to drive home, stay sober. Or if you are having a drink, plan on a designated driver to not only help you avoid DWI/DUI charges, but even save your life. If you do not have a designated driver, download the free DWI App for your phone to get help finding a cab in your area and avoid taking an unnecessary risk with your life.

DWI/DUI Penalties in New Jersey

Here is a quick reference of the legal penalties for DUI charges based on your blood alcohol level:

Alcohol or Drug-related DUI with BAC of .10 or greater

• Loss of license for 7 months to 1 year
• $300–$500 fine
• $230 IDRC fee
• $100 to drunk driving fund
• $100 to AERF
• $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
• $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

Alcohol or Drug-related DUI with BAC of at least .08 but less than .10

• Loss of license for 3 months
• $250–$400 fine
• $230 IDRC fee
• $100 to drunk driving fund
• $100 to AERF
• $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
• $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

2nd Offense in less than 10 years

• Loss of license for 2 years
• $500–$1,000 fine
• $280 IDRC fee
• $100 to drunk driving fund
• $100 to AERF
• $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
• $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

3rd Offense within 10 years of 2nd Offense

• Loss of license for 10 years
• $1,000 fine
• $280 IDRC fee
• $100 to drunk driving fund
• $100 to AERF
• $1,500/year (for 3 years) surcharge
• $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund

While one “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star learned the consequences of DUI the hard way, you don’t have to. Don’t put yourself in a situation that can lead to DUI/DWI charges in the first place. However, if you have already been charged with DUI/DWI, you need a law firm that specializes in that area of the law. An experienced NJ DWI lawyer will fight to protect your rights mandated by state and federal law. Contact Villani & DeLuca today for legal help. Our criminal defense lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free consultation. Call us at 888-389-9533.

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