Criminal Defence Solicitors in Essex

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Lawtons Criminal Law Solicitors
Elizabeth House
28 Baddow Road, Chelmsford

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01245 768 451

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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.

Criminal Defence Solicitors based in Essex and the South

Sexual Offences

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.


Serious Violence and Assault Offences

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 and Speeding Offences

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

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 Offences

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, Theft and Criminal Damage

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.

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Not guilty following historic allegation of rape and sexual assault

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Stephen Halloran, a Director at Lawtons, was instructed on a privately paying basis by our client, who was aged 83 when charged in connection with offences involving a family member that dated back to the 1970s. After a careful review of the available evidence, Stephen secured further disclosure from the police. A detailed review of historic […]

July update from Lawtons

8th July 2020

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Health & Safety case – Thousands of pounds in fines saved

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Stephen Halloran was instructed by our client to deal with a case prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive in connection with the advice he provided while working as a specialist health and safety consultant. The charges were that he failed to discharge the duty he owed to persons not in his employment. The case […]