Vancouver

Criminal Lawyers

Brian Mickelson, Joel Whysall, Cathryn Moore and Meghan Forhan are criminal lawyers who represent clients accused of a wide range of criminal charges. The lawyers at Mickelson & Whysall are experienced in defending driving offences, impaired driving, fraud and theft offences, drug offences, crimes of violence including domestic violence, assault, sexual assault and all other criminal charges. They also have extensive understanding of civil forfeiture, customs and border seizures, and record suspensions. Their wide-range of practice and knowledge makes the lawyers at Mickelson & Whysall well suited to defend any issue you may have.

Brian Mickelson has been practicing exclusively in criminal law since 1978 and Joel Whysall has been practicing criminal law since 2003. Cathryn Moore joined Mickelson & Whysall in 2012. Meghan Forhan joined Mickelson & Whysall in 2016. Together they have over 50 years combined experience in helping those facing criminal offences throughout British Columbia. Criminal defence lawyers Brian Mickelson, Joel Whysall, Cathryn Moore and Meghan Forhan appear regularly in the courthouses located in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, and throughout the Lower Mainland. They frequently travel to all corners of British Columbia and Western Canada to appear in court for their clients.

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Featured Criminal Cases

Client charged with Domestic Assault

Vancouver Criminal Lawyer: Joel Whysall The Facts: The accused was arrested following police attendance to a noise complaint. Police took a statement from the girlfriend of the accused who described an assault. Police also observed red marks on the girlfriend consistent with injuries from an [...]

Client Testimonials

We value the trust that our clients place with us

  • Dear Joel, “I can’t thank you enough! You have done so very much and have gone so above and beyond. Please know I am eternally gratefully!”

  • Dear Joel, “Thank you for representing me so compassionately and competently on my impaired driving charges. Thanks to you, I do not have a criminal record and I still have a job. I respect your work as a lawyer and especially, I think you are a good person.”

  • Dear Brian, “I am writing this letter in order to thank you for your invaluable assistance at my recent trial. I appreciate the time that you took to prepare for the trial. I now understand how a lawyer can derive great satisfaction from their work.“

  • Dear Brian, “Every once in a while, one meets a professional who supersedes the stereotypes and expectations of others. You are one of the rare few who combine compassion, wisdom and expertise within your profession. Thank you for the magnificent job you did for me.”

  • Dear Joel, “Please accept my most sincere thanks for your work on my case, and particularly for how quickly you were able to resolve it. I’d also like to thank you for your advice and guidance throughout.”

  • Dear Meghan, "I hired Meghan Forhan when I was unjustly charged with assault. I was nervous because I could lose my job and business if found convicted. It looked like that would be the case especially if I didn't have a lawyer. Meghan took on my case. She is very professional but also very personable. She saw the real person in me. She knew I didn't deserve this charge so she and her team worked very diligently to have the charges dropped. She negotiated with the prosecutors so I would have no criminal record. I didn't even have to go to trial. I would highly recommend Meghan to anyone who finds themselves in a sticky situation. Thank You Meghan."

  • Dear Meghan, "From my initial interaction with Meghan, she displayed genuine interest in helping with my case. She listened carefully to my questions and comments and she responded clearly with analysis and advice aimed directly at the issue. Her approach was thorough, supported by a substantial research, which complemented her experience when in court. Her demeanor and personality enabled me to develop a trust and confidence in her advice, which as a paying client, I deem critical. It felt great to know that she had my best interest in mind"

  • Dear Cathryn, "Thank you again for all of your time and effort with me and my IRP review. Your professionalism, knowledge and execution of the law and the IRP review process was excellent. I am very glad that I contacted you and had you on my side."

  • Dear Joel, “It was a year ago, on this date, that my brother-in-law and my problems began in Canada. As I sit here today thinking about the troubles we caused for ourselves as well as for our families, I realize how much worse it could have turned out. I am very thankful for you entering our lives and for what you did for us. There is no doubt you are the WORLD’S GREEEEEEEATEST LAWYER! as far as we are concerned. More then that, your patience and understanding with us and our family members meant so very much. Once again, thank you so very much for all you did.”

  • Dear Joel, “I want you to know you have my heartfelt gratitude for advocating for XXXX. I have thought of you often over the past weeks and always sensed your strengths as a lawyer – knowing my son was safest with you guiding him.”