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Sirote Client Successfully Overcomes Alabama Attorney General's Efforts to Seek Prison Time

August 14, 2013

Sirote & Permutt announces that Jim Sturdivant, its lead white collar criminal defense attorney, has successfully represented a client in a long-running Federal and State investigation into gambling establishments operated by Milton McGregor, which were the results of two separate federal criminal trials conducted in Montgomery over the last two years.

Although the client was never charged with any wrongdoing in the Federal investigation, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office had opened a tax evasion investigation and eventually charged the client with failure to file income tax and failure to pay income tax in State Circuit Court. 

Although the parties reached a plea agreement, the Attorney General’s Office insisted that the sentencing court impose a jail sentence on the client and aggressively argued for jail time in multiple written filings as well as at oral argument on the two sentencing hearings conducted by the court.

Sirote attorney Jim Sturdivant, in addition to presenting oral argument at sentencing, assisted the client in making a statement to the court, as well as in drafting written filings refuting many of the arguments made by the Attorney General in their arguments for a jail sentence. 

Ultimately, despite the aggressive stance of the Attorney General’s Office, Judge William Shashy sentenced the client to a year of probation and a $5,000 fine but did not require the client to serve any jail time or otherwise have any restrictions on his liberty.

Sturdivant focusses his practice on representing clients in investigations conducted by the United States Department of Justice, other federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, EPA and  the IRS, various United States Attorney’s offices around the Southeast, and investigations involving such State agencies as the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, the Alabama Department of Revenue and the Alabama and Georgia Bureaus of Investigation.

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