Criminal Solicitors & Lawyers in Chelmsford, Essex

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Lawtons Criminal Law Solicitors
Elizabeth House
28 Baddow Road, Chelmsford

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0333 577 0522

Lines open 24/7. We aim to respond within 30 mins between 9am – 5pm.

Leading criminal defence law firm in Essex

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, including Cambridge.

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 criminal law specialist areas.

Each individual case and client varies. We understand this, and provide personalised legal advice and assistance. Contacting Lawtons Solicitors 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.

How can our team of criminal defence solicitors help you?

24 hour police station assistance across Essex

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

Representation 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 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 with our solicitors in Essex

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

Criminal Defence Solicitors based in Essex and the South

Sexual Offence Solicitors

Being accused of a sexual offence can leave your reputation in tatters, even if you are innocent. Our team of specialist solicitors offer expert representation and will examine every aspect of your case to prepare the best defence possible. Protect your future with Lawtons.


Violent Crime & Serious Assault Solicitors

With decades of experience in defending extremely serious offences, our specialist team of solicitors will work tirelessly alongside you if you are accused of violence or assault. The severity of the punishment depends on the severity of the crime, and whatever the unique circumstances of your case, Lawtons will focus on achieving the best possible outcome.


Driving & Motoring Offence Solicitors in London

Depending on the circumstances, driving and speeding offences can have very serious implications for your future. We have extensive experience in defending motoring offences, and if you are facing an accusation we will guide you through this extremely stressful time. Could you continue as normal without a vehicle in your life? Get expert advice today, with us.


Regulatory Offences Solicitors

If you or your business is being investigated for a regulatory offence, the consequences could be far-reaching and do irreversible damage to your reputation. From fire safety breaches to tax offences, our specialist regulatory offence solicitors are up to date on the very latest legal developments and will meticulously examine every detail of your case.


Drug and Firearm Offence Specialists

The laws around drugs and firearms offences are complex, and sentences can be severe. If you or a member of your family becomes caught up in a case, you need specialist legal advice immediately to guide you through the entire process. We can support you from the first police interview right through to court proceedings.


Burglary, Criminal Damage & Theft Solicitors

Don’t let a mistake put your future on the line. The punishments for burglary, theft and criminal damage can be severe. If you are accused, contact an expert solicitor at the earliest opportunity to begin building a robust defence to ensure the best possible outcome. At Lawtons we can guide you through this highly stressful experience.

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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.

Latest News

Succesful Sex Offenders Register Removal Appeal

8th April 2024

Dawn McKnight, Partner at Lawtons Solicitors, was instructed by a client who wished to appeal her Notification Requirements on the Sex Offenders register. Our client was convicted and sentenced to serious child sex offences, which meant indefinite notification requirements applied. Our client had committed no further offences and had no breaches of her notification requirements.  […]

No Further Action Achieved in Abuse of Trust Case

2nd April 2024

Dawn McKnight, Partner in our Private team, successfully secures no further action for a client accused of sexual activity in abuse of trust. Thames Valley Police arrested the headteacher at a school and escorted him out of the building in full view of his colleagues and pupils. Having never had any prior involvement with the […]

Successful Outcome in Totting Up Driving Disqualification Case

26th March 2024

Dawn McKnight, Partner at Lawton Solicitors, was instructed by a client facing disqualification under the ‘Totting up procedure’. The client had 9 points already on his licence and was summoned to court to receive a further 3 points, meaning he was liable for a minimum of 6 months disqualification from driving. Having engaged with the […]