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© 2023 by Thornton Criminal Defense, PLLC. 

Atascosa County Criminal Defense Attorney

San Antonio Office:

111 Soledad, Suite 401

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Tel: 210-439-5627

Atascosa Office:

216 N Bryant St

Pleasanton, Texas 78064








Attorney Brad Thornton is a highly experienced and Board-Certified criminal defense lawyer. With his background as a former Chief Prosecutor, he has a unique understanding of the criminal justice system and is able to provide comprehensive and effective representation to his clients. He is also deeply committed to ensuring that all individuals receive fair treatment in court, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Brad Thornton is dedicated to helping his clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case, whether it is in San Antonio or elsewhere in South Texas. He recognizes the stress and anxiety that can come with being accused of a crime, and approaches his clients with compassion while keeping them informed at every step of the process. His knowledge and experience make him a strong advocate for his clients.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Pleasanton, Texas

Criminal Defense Attorney in Atascosa County, Texas

Jourdanton, Pleasanton, Poteet, Lytle and Charlotte Criminal Defense Attorney

Less than .008% of lawyers are Board Certified in Criminal Law. Click below to find out what that means and why hiring a Board Certified attorney is the only was to make sure you are getting an lawyer with the experience to handle your case.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Jourdanton, Atascosa County, TX

Atascosa County Criminal Defense Attorney

Thornton Criminal Defense was born in Atascosa County. Pleasanton Attorney Brad Thornton was previously the Chief Prosecutor for the 81st District Attorney’s Office assigned to Atascosa County. Brad was the lead prosecutor for years handling cases just like yours in the same court your case is if you are charged with a felony.

Attorney Brad Thornton knows Atascosa County. He has worked with all law enforcement agencies in Atascosa County, including the Pleasanton Police Department, Jourdanton Police Department, Poteet Police Department, Charlotte Police Department, and the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office and trained their law enforcement officers in many areas of the law.

When you are charged with a crime, you want an experienced attorney on your side. Brad Thornton is a top criminal defense attorney in Atascosa County, Texas, and is Board Certified in criminal law But what you can rarely find is an attorney who knows your local criminal justice system better than most. Call attorney Brad Thornton today for a free consultation and get a local respected attorney on your side now.


DWI Defense Attorney in Atascosa County, Texas

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t arrest drunk drivers. Every other agency, including the Pleasanton Police Department, Jourdanton Police Department, Poteet Police Department, Lytle Police Department, Charlotte Police Department, and DPS enforces all DWI laws. If you are arrested for DWI in Atascosa County, Attorney Brad Thornton has the experience with the local agencies you need on your side and the career experience as a DWI attorney you need to ensure you have the best chance at the best possible outcome.

Learn more about Attorney Brad Thornton’s experience with DWI crimes.


Common Crimes in Atascosa County, Texas

Atascosa County law enforcement is very aggressive. You can find yourself charged with any number of crimes in Atascosa County. Drug crimes are the most prevalent followed by violent crimes and sexual assault.

Jourdanton Attorney Brad Thornton is Board Certified in criminal law and has knowledge and experience in every area of the law.

According to

Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime)
Atascosa County violent crime is 16.8. (The US average is 22.7)
Atascosa County property crime is 44.4. (The US average is 35.4)

Learn more about Crimes in Atascosa County, Texas.


Atascosa County, Texas Court Information

81st & 218th District Court:

Atascosa County has two district courts that share felony jurisdiction over all felonies committed in the County limits. You will get your court date from the jail when you are arrested and when you are indicted, you will learn which court you are assigned to.

Contact Information:

1405 Campbell Avenue

Jourdanton, Texas 78026

Phone: 830-769-3750

Fax: 830-769-2841

Click here for the Court Calendar

Click here for the Upcoming Dockets

Atascosa County Court at Law:

Atascosa County Court at Law has primary misdemeanor jurisdiction over all Class A and Class B misdemeanors, including DWI, Assault, and most domestic violence charges. You will also get your first court date from the jail when you are arrested for a misdemeanor, but you will always be assigned to the Atascosa County Court at Law.

Contact Information:

1405 Campbell Ave.

Jourdanton, Texas 78026

Phone: 830-769-4232

Click here for the Court Calendar

Click here for the Upcoming Dockets


Atascosa County Jail

The Atascosa County Sheriff is elected to both provide law enforcement in Atascosa County and maintain the county jail where inmate are housed for crimes committed anywhere in the county while they are pending trial for a felony or misdemeanor or if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense.

The Sheriff also has authority to control who can write bail bonds in Atascosa County and local bail bondsman can be found with a simple google search.

Atascosa County Sheriff's Office

1108 Campbell Avenue

Jourdanton, TX 78026

Phone: 830-769-3434

Jail Visitation Information

Inmate Release:

8:00am and 10:00 pm daily

Jail Inmate Visitation:        

Males - Thursdays and Sundays: 8:00a-11:00a; 12:00p-4:00p; and 5:00p-7:00p

Females - Tuesdays and Saturdays: 8:00a-11:00a; 12:00p-4:00p; and 5:00p-7:00p.

Jail Visitors 16 years of age and older must have a valid state or school issued identification. You must be on the inmate's visitation list. We suggest you inquire about visitor's dress code prior to visiting an inmate.

Offender Search

The Atascosa County Jail does not make a list of current inmates or people recently arrested available for a public search. However, Vinelink is a free resource where you can search to see if someone is an inmate of the Atascosa County Jail.

Attorney Brad Thornton, Criminal Defense Lawyer in Atascosa, County

Law enforcement and prosecutors in Atascosa County are extremely aggressive. Brad Thornton should know, he trained many of them and worked alongside them for many years as the Chief Felony Prosecutor for the county. If you have been charged with a crime, you need even more aggressive representation.

Atascosa County Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Brad Thornton defends clients in Jourdanton, Pleasanton, Poteet, Lytle, and Charlotte who have been charged with a crime. Brad is Board Certified in Criminal Law and has years of experience in the local courts. and is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Atascosa County, Texas.

Call for a free consultation at (210) 439-5627 and Attorney Brad Thornton will listen to your situation and help you understand your legal options.


David I.

Seguin, Texas

Brad was great from the moment he looked at my case. Despite his busy schedule, he made himself easily available, walked us through every detail with care and professionalism, and worked out a great deal with the prosecutor that was much better than any outcome we could have imagined. I don’t plan on needing his assistance again, but if I’m ever unfortunate enough to find myself in another legal bind, Brad will be my first call.

Brian F. 

San Antonio, Texas

I have had the opportunity to know Brad both personally and professionally for a while now. As a fellow attorney, I am consistently impressed by his passion and innovative approach to legal issues. He is exceptionally intelligent and is always willing to go above and beyond for his clients. When I refer clients to Brad, I have full confidence that they will receive top-quality representation.

Elaine B.

San Antonio, Texas

Brad is an amazing attorney, and I highly recommend him! He has deep knowledge and understanding how to navigate the law to support his clients. He has a way with people, and truly has his focus on client care and supporting them, during a time that’s usually stressful for clients. He was able to support in getting my case dismissed in less than 2 months and was attentive and personable during the whole process. You have a choice when deciding who’s going to represent you, and to have an attorney that genuinely cares for his clients should be an expectation anyone should set. Brad will meet that expectation 110%!

Kevin E.

Jourdanton, Texas

[Brad] made the process very easy for me, handling everything within a month, with a motion to dismiss all cases against me. I only had to attend court once! The portal he uses to make sure you are aware of everything going on in your case is awesome, I didn’t even have to worry everything got downloaded to the portal with email notifications. I would never use another attorney to represent me, he is the best at what he does.


The State of Texas v. K.E.

Atascosa County

Offense: Driving While Intoxicated - First

Client was involved in a head on collision with an 18 wheeler and open containers were found in his car. We showed the prosecution the mistakes made by law enforcement and the inaccuracy of the tests they conducted and secured a dismissal for our client.

The State of Texas v. T.M.

Guadalupe County

Offense: Assault Causing Bodily Injury

Client was charged with assaulting a co-worker during an argument at work. From the start, we sent the client to an anger management class before her first court date and the prosecutor dismissed the case by showing she was working to address the issue on her own. 

The State of Texas v. M.M.

Wilson County

Offense: Assault Family Member - Strangulation

Client was charged with choking his wife. Prosecution was set on moving forward with the most serious felony assault. We put together a case to show the inconsistencies in the complaining witness's statement and the problems with the police investigation, securing a dismissal for our client. 

The State of Texas v. A.C.

Bexar County

Offense: Assault Family Member

The Clients future sister in law called the police after an argument between the client and his fiancé. Although the fiancé alleged that she was assaulted, the prosecution dismissed the case after we were able to show that there was not a threat of future violence. 

The State of Texas v. E.B.

Bexar County

Offense: Possession of Controlled Substance and Interference with Public Duties

The client was involved in a crash after allegedly consuming magic mushrooms. The police alleged she was not cooperative in their investigation and arrested her for Interference with Public Duties and Possession of Mushrooms after a search of her vehicle. We challenged the prosecution and ended up securing a dismissal of the case. 

The State of Texas v. S.C.

Bexar County

Offense: DWI 9th Arrest (Habitual)

The client was charged with his 9th DWI after having served time in prison for DWI twice before. After a hard fight, we were able to plea to a DWI Class B Misdemeanor, with an agreed one year probation and avoiding a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. 


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