“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice will go to trial for state forgery charges on the 19th November.
In January of 2011 he was charged with driving under the influence after crashing his car into a telephone pole in Montville Township, New Jersey. He claims he drank at a nearby friends home to calm his nerves. He was taken to the hospital and then released to the police due to outstanding warrants.
In February he rejected a plea deal, from prosecutors on fraud and impersonation charges. Joe is facing 10 years in jail for using his brother Pietro Giudice’s marriage and birth certificates to obtain a driver’s license with his picture and his brother’s info at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle bureau, all while his own drivers license was suspended.
Joe, 40 was indicted on December 20, 2011 by a grand jury and charged with fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license in his brother’s name. He was charged with one count of impersonation and one count of wrongfully using identifying information of another. The plea deal would have capped his sentence to 5 years. The charge of wrongfully using identifying information is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The impersonation charge carries a maximum 18-month prison sentence.
In March, he was fined $864, had his license revoked for 12 months, and was sentenced to 30 days of community service and served 10 days in jail. Joe was charged in March 2011 with using his brother’s identification to get his driver’s license this previous summer after his own was suspended due to a DUI.
Again in October 2013 he rejected another offer that would have carried a possible five years in state prison.
It’s taken almost 2 years and Joe Giudice will finally have his day in court on the 19th of November 2013. The delays were due to a scheduling conflict for Joe’s lawyer, Miles Feinstein, who was representing a man charged with murder in Sussex County.
The charges are wrongfully using identifying information of another, which carries up to 10 years in state prison, and forgery, which carries up to 18 months in prison. Joe Giudice and his wife Teresa also face federal bank and bankruptcy fraud charges that could put them behind bars for 50 years. They say they are innocent.
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