Our client was originally represented by another firm of solicitors when he pleaded guilty at Croydon Magistrates Court in connection to allegations of sexual assault and indecent exposure on two different females. The court had adjourned his case for sentence, making it clear that they were considering all options, including an immediate custodial sentence.
Our client was greatly concerned by what had taken place at his first court appearance. This is why he reached out to Lawtons for a second opinion as he wanted further guidance given our specialism in dealing with sexual offences.
Nick Titchener gave our client clear advice on what he should do next to improve his prospects for a more positive outcome than his previous legal team had advised him of. Working with our Nick Titchener, steps were taken to prepare a comprehensive amount of material that could be presented to the court as mitigation. Our client was fully assisted to prepare for his interview with the Probation Service before they produced a pre-sentence report.
Nick Titchener was unavailable to cover the Sentencing Hearing due to the late instruction. Glen Henry attended in his place to fully mitigate on behalf of our client. Despite the Prosecution stating to the Court that, in their view, a custodial sentence was justified, Glen Henry was able to persuade the court that in all the circumstances, a Community based Sentence was the most appropriate punishment. The court agreed and imposed an 18-month order with a requirement that our client undertakes 40 days of Rehabilitation Activity. Suffice to say, our client was particularly pleased and relieved with the outcome.