The drama never stops for RHONJ star Teresa Giudice. Not only is she dealing with her family and friends but reality is hitting hard with her hubby Joe Giudice who make a cameo yesterday in state courts where attorneys told a judge they need more time to negotiate a possible resolution to criminal charges pending against Giudice!
“How much time are you looking for? You’ve already had a lot of time, to be honest,” Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden Brown in Paterson told Clifton Attorney Miles Feinstein, who is defending Giudice against charges of wrongful identity use and impersonation.
Feinstein requested another four to six weeks, to which Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay Mc Cann did not object. Gooden Brown ordered all parties to return June 27, when there could be a final plea offer or a trial date set.
Giudice, 42, standing beside his lawyer during the brief status conference, did not speak.
Authorities allege Giudice obtained a license at the Motor Vehicle Commission office in Paterson in June 2010 using marriage and birth certificates that belong to his brother,
Pietro Giudice. Giuseppe’s license was suspended at the time.
Giudice was fined, had his license suspended, was ordered to undergo counseling and served 10 days in the Morris County jail after flipping his truck on a Montville road in January of 2010.
At the time of his sentence in that case, the prosecution called attention to 39 points that Giudice had accumulated prior to the crash. Those points, prosecutors said, were accrued through such violations as speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, failing to maintain lamps, failing to wear a seat belt, driving with a cell phone and failing to pay parking tickets.
Prosecutors began to investigate the brothers when Pietro Giudice, 39, was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in Lincoln Park. When the police officer ran Pietro’s information through an onboard computer, the search produced Giuseppe’s photograph, authorities have said.
Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice has made frequent appearances on “Real Housewives” and is the husband of “housewife” Teresa Giudice. Teresa also recently appeared as a resilient contestant on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Giuseppe was indicted on the charges he currently faces in December. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted of the second-degree charge, and 18 months if convicted of the other, a fourth-degree charge. Giudice has already rejected a plea offer by the state of five years in prison, with no restrictions on when he would become eligible for parole, according to attorneys.
McCann said that at least some sort of jail time will be part of any plea offer, as the charges are too serious to allow a probation-only sentence.
Following the proceedings, Feinstein expressed frustration that people are making remarks about the case on “The Real Housewives” episodes.
“The matter will be tried in a court of law, not in the press or on the New Jersey ‘Housewives’ show,” Feinstein said. “During several episodes of the ‘Housewives,’ persons appearing have discussed Joe’s case. They have a right to do so, but they should know better. They know nothing about the actual facts of the case and they should realize that the charges are mere allegations and nothing more. Comments made by those people can only prejudice Joe and taint the prospective jury pool. We are looking forward to Joe’s vindication.”