We all know table-flippin’ Teresa Giudice from Bravo’s hit TV series, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but we haven’t heard much from her husband, Joe Giudice—that is until this season revealed his January auto accident, resulting in a DUI conviction. Joe crashed his family’s SUV into telephone pole not far from his Jersey estate. He was reportedly out earlier with his wife and other ‘Bravo-lebrities’ from current and past ‘Housewives” seasons.
As the officers booked in Giudice at the station, they determined he had some outstanding warrants in another New Jersey county. He was then turned over to officials in that county and booked on undisclosed violations of city ordinances. Giudice was finally released from jail around 6 a.m. after posting bail around $2,000. He was ultimately charged with a misdemeanor (fourth degree) DUI, which is the lowest level.
During his sentencing, a New Jersey judge imposed $864 in penalties, ordered Giudice to perform 30 days of community service, and sentenced him to 30 days of jail. However, Giudice will not have to serve any jail time, provided he completes the community service. In addition Joe Giudice will not be allowed to drive for one year; his driver’s license was revoked for a period of 12 months. He is currently appealing (or trying to overturn) his DUI conviction, claiming he was not drinking on the night of the incident.
A misdemeanor DWI conviction in Minnesota (same as a DUI in New Jersey) would typically result in no jail time, two days of community service, a $200 fine, and possible license revocation for a maximum of 90 days. Even though it appears that Giudice got a much steeper sentence for his similar conviction, there were his priors to consider.
Over a span of the last 20 years, Giudice’s driver’s license has been suspended a total of 9.4 years—almost a decade! According to an undisclosed New Jersey state DUI attorney and an officer with the Franklin Lakes Police Department in NJ, drivers should definitely be concerned with around 15 – 17 points on their licenses. At the time of his municipal court trial, Giudice had 39 points on his license. Considering points are only based on violations received within the past 18 months, that’s very impressive, Mr. Joe Giudice!