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Reality star sentenced to anger management counseling

The New Jersey-based reality star, Michael Sorrentino, also known as the Situation, was sentenced to complete 12 weeks of anger management counseling in connection with assault charges. Sorrentino was sentenced in Middletown municipal court on the morning of July 28.

If Sorrentino successfully completes the counseling, the charges could be downgraded from disorderly persons to a municipal offense, which would be similar to a noise complaint, according to his criminal defense attorney. The sentence resulted from a deal worked out between the prosecutor, Sorrentino's attorney and his brother, whom Sorrentino allegedly assaulted. Sorrentino was taken into custody on July 15 at a tanning club that he co-owns with other members of his family. According to police, Sorrentino posted a $500 bail and was released. A celebrity gossip website alleged that the reality star had been involved in an altercation with his brother, but police did not initially confirm these allegations.

A conviction for assault charges may result in jail time, fines and probation, depending on the severity of the charges. A criminal defense attorney may review the incident with the defendant and read police reports. If the alleged assault involved minor injuries or no injuries, the attorney might attempt to have the charges dismissed or downgraded to a municipal offense.

Another option may be to negotiate a plea bargain. In the story about Michael Sorrentino, the defense lawyer and prosecutor worked together to create a plea agreement that was acceptable to all parties. The prosecution might be willing to reduce the charges if the defendant is willing to seek counseling or serve time doing community service, for example. The defendant may also be required to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

Source: USA Today, "Here's 'The Situation': Anger management 101", Larry Higgs, July 28, 2014

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