Joe Giudice Pleads Guilty To Driver’s License Fraud, Facing 18 Additional Months In Prison


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



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  • DebBrenn

    Since he’s going to be deported it’s just as well he never learned to speak English.

    • One Rotten Egg


  • nycbunny

    Wow, I almost feel bad for the guy. How is he supposed to take care of the kids without a license? Pretty sure they don’t/won’t have a driver anymore.

  • Aunt Bee

    Gee Joe I sure would like to “kick youse in the head” for being such a dumb a$$ criminal.

  • Ann

    Wow this puts things in a whole new light. Maybe a divorce is in the cards. I don’t think that Theresa would want
    to leave her parents. A lot of things will determine what is to be. I didn’t see this one coming at all.
    Deb Bren that was a piss. Quit the wit.

  • Ann

    Deb Bren don’t quit the wit forgot the e.

  • VaNonna

    How do you plead guilty, yet maintain your innocence?

  • Ann

    Well VaNoona you live in America. That is how.

  • Karen

    Is Teresa allowed to use her money to pay for a full time driver? I mean she can’t pay Joe’s fines. But since her girls have such busy schedules: Dance, gymnastics, different schools, Gia’s singing career, appearances, regular kid stuff (play dates, shopping with your friends, high school dances, sports) plus Joe has to do grocery shopping, clothes shopping, school supply shopping, run errands- how? He really really screwd himself and his family in just about every way possible because of his greed and dishonesty.

  • Melodie

    This is ridiculous….. This guy took the plea deal ONLY because he knows that he got caught. I cannot believe that he won’t serve any additional prison time for illegally getting a duplicate license. Watch the 4th season reunion as he says he never did it. He looked like a moron. The fact that he is serving the time concurrently and not consecutively is just crazy. All this shows is that this guy has NO respect for the law and also shows a pattern of criminal activity and deceit. This is justice at it’s best…NOT

    • DebBrenn

      This is the new justice system! And because Joe Giudice is high profile he’s probably getting MORE time than someone else would. California, for instance, is so broke from spending money on absolute CRAP that they can’t afford to incarcerate felons. Their solution is they are letting thousands of “non-violent” offenders. But these felons are in most cases violent offenders who were allowed to plead down their offenses to non-violent ones, again to save the government money in prosecuting them. If you break into an occupied house and tie the homeowners up with telephone cords it is only charged as theft because you didn’t bring the cords with you.