According to Giudice's attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., Giudice surrendered at 3 a.m. – seven hours earlier than the reported time – but only because that was the earliest that the correctional facility would accept her. Giudice and her attorney actually arrived in Danbury at 1:45 a.m. and spent the last remaining moments at an all-night restaurant.
"She was very strong. Her spirits were very good. She was not down in any way but for the fact that she is going to be missing her children and she is going to be apart from them," Leonard said. "What struck me more than anything was, throughout the entire ordeal, when she has talked about this prison sentence, it was never, 'How is this going to affect me?' It has always been, 'How is this going to affect my children?'"
"She wore a black sweat suit and obviously she [will have] a uniform when she gets there," Leonard said. "She looked beautiful. She looked as if she could've begun filming another episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Her hair and makeup were intact, and she looked great."
Joe and Teresa Giudice were allowed to serve consecutive sentences so that one parent could stay at home with their children while the other was behind bars. After Teresa serves her time, Joe will begin his 41-month sentence.
"Your expectations are you will serve 85% of your sentence and that then you will be able to get out… on house arrest at some point prior to the 85%," Leonard revealed. "Right now, barring any change in her sentence, she is probably there until December."
Check out the video below for more on Teresa's early morning surrender to the Federal Correctional Institution.