Defense attorney arrested on drug-related charge

(UPDATED Feb. 28 at 2:10 p.m. ) A well-known Muskegon defense attorney is in the Ottawa County Jail, facing drug-related charges.
Becky Vargo
Feb 28, 2013


The West Michigan Enforcement team arrested Terry Nolan early Wednesday morning at a location in the City of Muskegon, confirmed Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson Thursday morning.

“He was arrested after a traffic stop that led to a search of a house,” Hilson said. “Mr. Nolan was found in it. He was subsequently arrested.”

Nolan was charged with use of cocaine, double penalty, Hilson said. Use of cocaine is a one-year misdemeanor. But it turns into a two-year high court misdemeanor because Nolan has a previous conviction.

Hilson said the increased charge is treated as a felony in Michigan.

Nolan was being held in the Ottawa County Jail pending arraignment.

Hilson said the judges in Muskegon County had “recused” themselves from the case and the arraignment should be held in Ottawa County’s District Court.

Nolan previously lost his law license because of drug-related convictions in the 1990s and early 2000s.

He was able to get his law license back in 2009.



First of all, why did he get his license back after the first offense? Second, does this really surprise anyone? This man makes his living off defending people just like himself for crimes such as he committed, not once but numerous times. Lock him up and throw away the key.


This guy is not a bad person because he is a lawyer, although that certainly doesn't work in his favor; he's just to weak to deal with his addiction. I don't know that we need to throw away the key, but he sure could use a couple of years to reflect on his inability to overcome the drug habit. As far as defending people like himself, someone has too, and he certainly can relate to them. I would think his practice is made up of the aforementioned individuals, I certainly wouldn't want him representing me under any circumstances.


Rukidding, I love the GH PC. The reluctance to call a spade a spade in public. But, at home and to friends, out come the knives. This guy is scum. Cowboy up, and call him what he is!

Tom Boven

A relapse is not unusual and sitting in the barbershop usually results in getting a haircut. Terry has been trying to deal with his disease for years. He should be accountable for his acts but hope he can fight again. Maybe in a different forum since the legal Prof. is not working for his needs. Pray for him..


Well said Tom Boven!


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