Joe Giudice was in court Wednesday for a hearing for his DMV case. The father-of-four has already been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his federal fraud case and reports state that Giudice originally rejected the plea deal offered by prosecutors.
According to RadarOnline, the plea deal would have allowed Giudice to serve his prison time concurrently with his 41-month bankruptcy, mail and wire fraud sentence.
“Mr. Giudice totally understands the plea offer and maintains his innocence and says he did not do what he’s charged with,” one of Joe’s lawyers told Judge Adam Jacobs. “He wants to go to trial in this particular case.”
Joe was reportedly hesitant about accepting the plea deal because of the stipulation of a suspended driver’s license. He will be responsible for taking care of his four daughters, while his wife Teresa Giudice is away, serving her 15 month sentence. By not accepting the plea, Joe risks going to trial, immediate deportation and serving an additional 10 years in prison.
“This is a very generous offer by the state. He’s taking quite a risk,” Judge Jacobs warned, adding that Joe is facing an additional 10 years in prison. “The case will go to a jury to decide if he rejects.”
Joe reportedly hesitated when the judge asked if he had any further questions.
“You’re making a momentous decision, there’s not going back,” the judge added. “Are you comfortable making that decision now?”
When Joe didn’t answer, his lawyers asked to approach the bench and a recess was called until 2:30 PM.
“Joe no longer seemed confident,” a witness tells the site. “He looked extremely tired and worn down.”
But TMZ reports that Joe finally came to the decision to accept a plea deal for a maximum of an 18-month sentence… and he will be allowed to serve it at the same time as his federal sentence.
Giudice will return to court for sentencing on March 20th, 2015. At that time Joe will also lose his license for a minimum of six months and maximum of 24 months.
Judge Jacobs said, “It is a virtual certainty that you will be deported because of this.” The judge also added that deportation hearings will being shortly after his sentencing in March.
“This plea may result in your removal from the United States, or stop you from reentering the United States,” the Judge told Giudice.
Giudice was in no mood to deal with reporters outside of the courthouse, he told the photogs, “I’ll kick every one of yous in the head.”
Photo Credit: William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com