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Teresa Giudice is requesting probation, says lawyer

Teresa Giudice's lawyer is speaking out in regard to her recent guilty plea.

Teresa Giudice leaves Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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In a new statement, Henry Klingeman is revealing what the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is planning to do when it comes to her upcoming sentencing on July 8. Since Giudice already admitted her guilt, she will now have to convince the judge that putting her behind bars is too harsh of a penalty.

"Teresa's plan is to explain to the court both how she ended up in this mess to begin with as well as how she has made a life for herself and the girls that will see them through it," Klingeman told PEOPLE Magazine in a March 5 statement.

Since Giudice has four children and needs to maintain her many business ventures, being in jail is simply not going to work, and her and Klingeman plan to do what they can to keep her out of the slammer.

"We have the right to ask for probation and we are going to," Klingeman said.

However, that may be a bit of a stretch. Following the Giudice's indictment, they were accused of over 40 crimes and faced 50 years behind bars. Now, Giudice is facing just two years behind bars after pleading guilty to four counts of fraud, and expecting nothing more than probation seems a little unreasonable.

"Her hope is that the judge will weigh the wrongdoing against many wonderful accomplishments to justify a fair sentence," Klingeman continued. "By fair, we will be asking for a sentence that punishes the wrongdoing, but allows Teresa and the girls to have an optimistic future."

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