As we reported earlier, Joe Giudice decided to originally reject a plea bargain for fraudulently obtaining a drivers license and take a shot at going to trial. Apparently Joe was supposed to appear in a Montville court yesterday to set a date for his trial, but according to prosecutor Jay McCann the appearance was adjourned. McCann tells the Montville Patch that the reason is because Joe is reconsidering taking the plea deal!
Joe had previously rejected the plea bargain that included serving five years in prison, because prosecutors decided Joe’s offenses were so severe, and he would definitely do “some jail time.” Joe has hopes that a trial decision would offer him probation only. If found guilty in a trial Giudice could possibly face up to 10 years in prison.
After speaking with Giudice’s attorney, McCann reveals, that Joe is deciding if he would move forward with the state’s plea bargain or not. ”We’re at that stage where they have to decide if they’re going to take a plea bargain or proceed to trial,” he concludes. Adding that Joe would likely have to make his decision this week!
UPDATE: It looks like Joe Giudice WILL be going to trial. According to NorthJersey.com Joe is ordered to appear in court on October 29th, 2012. Joe will stand before state Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden Brown in Paterson, NJ, where the official trial date will be set. Joe’s lawyer, Miles Feinstein, is going to argue that since Joe has no prior record he should be eligible for probation, but according to Feinstein the state is taking a tough approach because Giudice is in the public eye. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay McCann has denied that there is any vendetta against Joe, saying the allegations against Giudice are serious.
Tell Us- What’s your take on Joe’s legal situation?
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