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New Jersey Husband Joe Giudice Opts For Trial Over Plea Deal

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Real Housewives of New Jersey” husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice has refused the state’s final plea deal, deciding he’d rather go to trial than prison for allegedly posing as his brother to get a driver’s license, according to his lawyer.

Clifton attorney Miles Feinstein would not say what the state was offering in return for his client’s guilty plea, but he said it included prison time. In October, Giudice rejected an offer that would have carried a possible five years in state prison.

Feinstein said a trial date is expected to be set May 28.

Numerous status conferences in the case before state Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden Brown have been postponed for unknown reasons. On Monday, Feinstein and the prosecutor returned before Brown but made no progress toward resolving the case.

October, Giudice rejected an offer that would have carried a possible five years in state prison, the newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, Feinstein said a trial date is expected to be set May 28.

Giudice, 43, of Montville is accused of obtaining a driver’s license using marriage and birth certificates that belonged to his brother, Associated Press reported. At the time, Giudice’s license was suspended after he crashed his truck in 2010.

Penalties for the charges, which include forgery, are up to 10 years in prison.

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