On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Joe Giudice accepted a plea deal in his state driver’s license fraud case. Us Weekly was on hand in the courthouse for the sentencing. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 42, who was recently sentenced to 41 months in jail in his federal case, will serve no additional jail time.
Giudice’s 18-month state sentence as a result of his plea deal will run concurrently with his federal sentence, which is just over three years. Joe’s prison time will begin after his wife, Teresa Giudice, serves her 15-month federal sentence, which begins Jan. 5, 2015. Tre did not attend her husband's state trial.
Joe was accused of using his brother’s identification to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license while his own was suspended due to a past DUI. The court ruled that the father of four’s license will be taken away on March 20 for a time period between six months and up to two years. A judge will look at Giudice’s driving record to determine the length.
Because Joe will be raising his daughters without the help of Teresa while she’s in jail, the court gave him additional time with his license to come up with a plan for their transportation.
Italian-born Giudice, who is not a U.S. citizen, was warned about his immigration status by the judge, who said, “Virtual certainty that you will be deported because of either this charge or the federal charge.”