The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered that a Wichita criminal defense attorney’s law license be temporarily suspended.
John B. Sullivan’s law license has been suspended as a consequence of him being charged with drug-related crimes in Sumner County and in Clark County, his lawyer said.
In Sumner County, prosecutors charged Sullivan, 41, with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after a Jan. 1 incident at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer.
Under a plea agreement, Sullivan was found guilty of the misdemeanor paraphernalia charge, was sentenced to six months but received one year of probation and a $250 fine, Spencer said. Sullivan also has to successfully complete a drug treatment program, Spencer said.
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Spencer said the felony charge, which was dismissed, involved a small quantity of meth.
“I can assure you that I did not give him any type of break because of his profession,” Spencer said.
According to a state document, Sullivan has been licensed to practice law in Kansas since September 2004. Sullivan eventually will face a hearing on the future of his law license.
“He’s done some pretty high-profile criminal defense work. I think he has a very high level of skill in criminal defense,” said Michael Studtmann, Sullivan’s lawyer. Sullivan also has defended clients in drug cases, Studtmann said.
The local Bar Association has been working to reassign Sullivan’s caseload, Studtmann said.
In Clark County, in southwest Kansas, Sullivan is facing a meth-possession charge based on a traffic stop by a law enforcement officer late last year, Studtmann said.