First, that circus outside of the courthouse for the trial of the stars of "the real housewives of new jersey." One of the lawyers for the reality stars believe the federal government is only going... See More
First, that circus outside of the courthouse for the trial of the stars of "the real housewives of new jersey." One of the lawyers for the reality stars believe the federal government is only going after this couple because of their celebrity status. However, the prosecution says they have been investigating them for months have and more than enough evidence to convict them. Arm and arm with cameras swarming. Don't stick the camera in my face. Reporter: Joe and thereeresa guidi guidice, arrived at the white house tight-lipped. Along with their legal team. And joe's feisty mother. Move. We got to go. Reporter: It was the giudices first court appearance. And the u.S. Attorney saying they face serious charges. 39 separate counts of fraud and a possibility, if convicted. Of decades behind bars. They are alleged to have made false statements to the bankruptcy court and to lending banks. Reporter: There was no -- instead, when asked by the judge whether she understood the charges and consequences, she calmly said yes. One of those consequences could be joe's deportation back to italy, as he's not a u.S. Citizen. Worry about yourself. Reporter: And outside, things got heated when joe's mother was asked about her son's possible deportation. She said -- e of your business. Reporter: It's something that joe's legal team is aware of. These charges are deportable. Reporter: The giudices had no comment after hopping into an suv, driven by joe's father. This time, leaving the talking to their legal team, who remain confident their clients will prevail. But concerned about -- due to the reality star status. This case, many years, i worry about everything. We try to prevent any prejudice from seeping in. We're confident that we have enough evidence to convict the defendants without a reasonable doubt. Reporter: Their bail was $500,000 each, which they met. Their travel is restricted to new jersey and new york. They are back in court in 14 days. Let's get more from dan abrams. The prosecutors are not playing here. These are serious charges. We talk about the possibility of up to decades in prison. And a lot of the cases we say, up to this. Up to that. In a practical matter, what are we talking about here? We're likely talking about five to ten years behind bars if convicted of all of the charges. Some people say, wait a second. You mean, they really could serve time if they're convicted? It's not if they really could serve time, it's they will serve time if convicted of the charges. You heard from the lawyers. They say this is celebrity injustice. When you get people like this, they're on the radar a little more. These are not the kinds of crimes where the selective prosecutions occur. You're talking about very serious crimes, a long-term investigation, in things that went back to 2001. Now, is it possible that the feds got a look at them more because they were on tv and had issues? It's possible. But that doesn't change the facts of the case. Their lawyer can say, the only reason they're being prosecuted -- what about the evidence? That's the real question. I was surprised to see they each have their own lawyer. Does that suggest they might be turning against each other? No. They ought to have their own lawyers. There's different charges of each of them. He was charged for not filing tax returns. It's smart they have separate counsel. And it did not mean they were turning on each other. And they were each able to come up with a $500,000 band. Now, to the wife caught on
This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.