Mississauga Criminal Lawyer

Dealing with the criminal justice system can be incredibly overwhelming. As a criminal lawyer, Michelle Johal recognizes what is at stake for each and every client. Beyond even the potential for incarceration and a permanent criminal record, she understands the possible consequences that a criminal allegation can cause in a client’s life.

Michelle Johal is a distinguished criminal defence lawyer whose career spans fifteen years. She has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario. She worked at firm with a highly regarded senior member of the criminal bar for seven years before opening her own practice in 2011.

Michelle Johal understands how the court system works and aids people facing a variety of criminal charges. She applies her extensive experience in the criminal justice system to all of her cases, aiming to negotiate the best possible resolution with the Crown or have charges dismissed at trial and sentences reduced. During her career, Ms. Johal has successfully defended represented thousands of clients charged with a variety of criminal offences.

In addition to representing clients facing criminal charges, Ms. Johal is committed to legal education both as an Instructorat the Trial Advocacy course at Osgoode Hall Law School and an Advisor at Ryerson’s Law Practice Program.

Because of her commitment to legal education Ms. Johal has been a speaker for a variety of audiences, including other lawyers and judges at the Law Society of Ontario, the Destination Continuing Professional Development program, the Criminal Lawyer’s Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the National Judicial Institute.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Queen’s University
  • Honour’s Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Toronto


  • Criminal Lawyer’s Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • South Asian Bar Association

“Michelle was outstanding from start to finish. Her strategic approach in handling my case helped me achieve my desired outcome. Highly recommend Ms. Johal.”

- Steven

Beyond just a criminal lawyer

Authour of article in the Brampton Guardian regarding Bill C-46 (the new drinking and driving laws). Click here to read the article.

In 2019 Ms. Johal was invited to speak as an expert on “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” regarding the Impaired driving problem in the Greater Toronto area. Watch the show here:

Ms. Johal’s office in Mississauga is located at 90 Matheson Blvd, West, Suite 101. It is located at Hurontario Road and Matheson Blvd. West, and is minutes aware from the Square One Shopping district and the Brampton courthouse.

Practice Areas

Michelle Johal Practices Exclusively In The Area Of Criminal Law.
  • Drinking And Driving
  • Domestic Assault
  • Drug Offences
  • Weapons Offences
  • Theft & Fraud
  • Sexual Offences
  • Administration of Justice Offences
  • Break And Enter Offences
  • Bail Hearings
  • Youth Court Cases
  • Dangerous Offender Application
  • Complainant Advice

As Featured In

Michelle Johal’s cases have been reported on in top Toronto media publications such as the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun. She is contacted regularly to offer her legal opinion to the Brampton Guardian media publication on current events and criminal driving offences. She was invited to speak on the subject of the Greater Toronto Area drinking and driving problem on the Agenda with Steve Paiken. To watch the show please click here:

Recent Blog
April 18, 2020

What are your rights under laws imposed to stop coronavirus spread?

  During the declared emergency, the scope of police powers are now significantly broader, says Michelle Johal...

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December 11, 2019

The Right to Choose (the sequel)-Counsel of choice narrowed in scope in 2019 (and a novel decision on sentence)

Background-A new trend emerges in 2018 Appellate authorities establish that upon arrest a defendant has the right...

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December 10, 2019

Michelle Presented at The Annual Impaired & Over 80 Course

On December 7th, 2019, Michelle presented at the annual Impaired and Over 80 course at the Law...

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