Defense attorney arrested on drug-related charge

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:16 PM

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.

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