Lawtons Solicitors are a leading law firm that provides specialist Criminal Defence Solicitors in London and to clients based across all of Essex.

If you need expert legal representation in Essex, our team of specialist criminal defence solicitors, barristers, advocates and police duty legal representatives can help, no matter the severity of the case.

We have a wealth of experience in providing expert legal defence for our clients in all areas of criminal law.

We understand that each individual case and client varies and we provide personalised legal advice and assistance for any criminal charges that have been made against you, working with you to obtain the best possible outcome in your individual case.

What do criminal defence solicitors do?

Whether you or a family member need urgent legal advice regarding a specific aspect of the law or you’re seeking expert legal representation, the experienced team of criminal solicitors at Lawtons – an established criminal law firm in Essex – will be able to assist you.

Providing legal advice and legal representation if you are accused of committing a criminal offence, criminal defence solicitors can represent you in every aspect of the law other than advocacy (participation in court proceedings) which is within the remit of a barrister.

What type of cases do criminal defence solicitors act in?

No matter the severity of the criminal offence you are accused of, the team at Lawtons Essex  will be able to represent you.

With extensive experience in the field of criminal defence, Lawtons’ criminal defence solicitors can provide specialist legal advice and representation in criminal cases including:

Sexual offence solicitors

If you are accused of committing a recent sexual offence such as rape or sexual assault, our specialist lawyers can represent you. We are also able to represent you in historic sexual offence cases

Serious violence and assault solicitors

We can represent you in cases of serious violent assault including racially aggravated assault, common assault and premeditated assault

Driving and speeding offence solicitors

If you are accused of committing a traffic offence such as speeding, a traffic light offence, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol  or causing death by dangerous driving, we can represent you

Fraud, financial and business crime solicitors

We can represent you If you are accused of committing a business crime – including allegations of fraud, money laundering, false accounting, fraudulent trading and professional misconduct

Firearm and drug offence solicitors

Our drug offence lawyers can represent you if you are accused of producing, possessing, importing, distributing or supplying drugs.

We can also represent you in all firearms offence cases, including possession of an illegal firearm and using a firearm without the correct licence

Cyber crime solicitors

If you are accused of committing a cyber crime – including identity theft, phishing and obtaining unauthorised access – we can represent you

Burglary, theft and criminal damage solicitors

We can represent you if you are accused of committing offences of burglary, theft or criminal damage, including theft of property and damage to property

Indecent image solicitors

If you are accused of committing an indecent image related offence such as possessing, making or distributing indecent material, we can represent you

Serious crime solicitors

If you are accused of a serious criminal offence such as rape, murder, violence, certain drug offences or corruption, we can represent you.

Need urgent criminal defence assistance?

If you find yourself accused of a criminal offence, it’s essential to seek expert legal representation from a specialist criminal defence solicitor as soon as you are able.

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

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

If you have received a postal requisition, contact us immediately to discuss your options. If you have been detained by the police, contact an expert criminal defence solicitor to represent you before a police interview and before any formal questioning takes place.

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. Specialist criminal defence representation is advised if you are requested to attend the police station for a voluntary interview.

Representing you in court

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 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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