A very somber Joe and Teresa arrived in federal court, on March 4, and plead guilty to fraud charges. HollywoodLife.com spoke to Joe’s attorney Miles Feinstein, immediately following the emotional hearing and he tells us that his client will undoubtedly be put behind bars.
Joe Giudice has struck a plea deal in order to save his wife Teresa Giudice from going to jail, his attorney Miles Feinstein tells HollywoodLife.com. Joe and Teresa both face 41 counts of fraud that ranges from evading taxes, illegally obtaining loans and more. “They face a heck of a lot of time, together it’s in the hundreds of years with so many counts,” Miles tell us. We also learned that Teresa will most likely get probation but Joe has no way of avoiding jail time.
Joe Giudice’s Attorney Speaks Out — My Client Is Going To Jail
Joe and Teresa had no choice but to plead guilty because if either of them had gone to trial, Miles tells us it would have been disastrous if one of them had been found guilty.
“If we had gone to trail and lost one of the 41 counts, Joe would have gotten a much longer sentence, and that is just on one count,” he tells us. “He is what we call a level 21, he faces from 37 months to 46 months and he would have time off for good behavior. To Joe’s credit, being the great father and husband he is, and despite all the accounts in the media saying they are getting divorce, which is untrue. It was felt a trial would be very dangerous if he was convicted on numerous counts.”
But his attorney did not hold back when we asked if Joe can avoid going to jail.
“We have been negotiating for months and finally we came to a resolution,” Miles told HollywoodLife.com. “It’s the best we could ever get. Teresa has a good chance of getting probation. Joe will most likely do federal time.”
There have been rumors swirling that the Real Housewives of New Jersey star could be deported, since he is not a US citizen and it’s unfortunately true.
“He was not a citizen, but he has no history of violence. It could be possible for him to be deported. Some of these counts alone carry 20 years,” he says. “You serve the time and then you are deported but the US attorney’s office has no say. We will find this out some time after sentencing [in July] if they are going to take action. The judge told him today that he could be deported.”
But above all, Miles makes sure to tell us that the couple are “being realistic” about their situation. “We can’t change the law,” he says.
Joe & Teresa Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges
The embattled stars entered the Newark Federal Court and did not seem very happy.
Teresa’s attorney released her statement to HollywoodLife.com immediately following their court hearing:
“Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the Court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public. I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family–especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world. Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference to the Government and our legal system.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Joe will be deported?
— Chloe Melas