Have you or a family member been arrested or charged with an offence? Lawtons Solicitors provide specialist legal representation across Essex. By contacting us without delay on 0333 577 0522 you will receive expert help from one of the most  respected law firms in South East England, which has local offices in London as well as the surrounding counties.

Our team of experienced solicitors, barristers, advocates and police duty legal representatives in Essex can help, no matter the nature of your case. We have a wealth of experience in providing comprehensive legal defence for our clients in a wide range of areas of criminal law.

Each individual case and client varies. We understand this, and provide personalised legal advice and assistance. Contacting Lawtons urgently is the first step on the road to obtaining the best possible outcome in your case, and we will work closely with you to achieve this, every step of the way.

What to do if you have been arrested or charged with an offence

Being arrested is a stressful and often lonely experience, but help is at hand – and the more innocent you are, the more urgently you need legal assistance. Whether you or a family member needs urgent legal advice regarding a specific aspect of the law or you are seeking expert legal representation in Essex, our experienced     team of criminal solicitors are a phone call away and will be able to assist and guide you through the process.

Get in touch for legal advice, by phone or in person, if you are accused of committing a criminal offence. 

Protecting your future in Essex

Lawtons provide a 24 hour police station assistance service, representing clients at police stations including:

  • Chelmsford 
  • Harlow
  • Colchester 
  • Basildon 
  • Southend 
  • Grays 
  • Rayleigh 

Lawtons’ team of criminal defence solicitors regularly represent and defend clients in criminal cases at magistrates’ courts and Crown Courts across Essex including:

  • Chelmsford magistrates’ and Crown Court
  • Southend magistrates’ and Crown Court
  • Basildon magistrates’ and Crown Court
  • Colchester magistrates’ court

If you have been detained by the police, it is vital to contact an expert criminal defence solicitor to represent you before a police interview and before any formal questioning takes place.

Get in touch

If you are in urgent need of legal assistance or advice from a criminal lawyer in Essex, please get in touch with us:

Lawtons Criminal Law Solicitors Essex
Elizabeth House
28 Baddow Road, Chelmsford


Telephone: 01245 768 451

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I have been sent a postal requisition. Do I need legal assistance?

A postal requisition is a magistrates’ court summons, telling you what you are accused of and when you should attend court. If you are sent one, you should contact us immediately to discuss your options.

Do I have to attend a voluntary interview?

A voluntary police interview means that you are not under arrest and are only being asked to assist, but if you refuse to attend you may be arrested. If you are asked to attend a police station in Essex on a voluntary basis, we can offer expert assistance and help to guide you through the procedure.

Can my solicitor represent me in court?

Our criminal defence solicitors can represent you in every aspect of the law, and right through the process of a case, other than advocacy, which is participation in court proceedings. This falls within the remit of a barrister.