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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.

Pearsall, Texas

Criminal Defense Attorney in Frio County, Texas

Pearsall and Dilley 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 Pearsall, Frio County, TX

Criminal Defense Attorney in Frio County, Texas

Board-Certified criminal defense attorney Brad Thornton is a well-respected and experienced attorney who has worked on both sides of the legal system. Prior to his career as a defense attorney, Thornton served as a chief prosecutor for the 81st District Attorney's Office, the office that is responsible for prosecutions in Frio County, Texas.

As a chief prosecutor, Thornton was responsible for overseeing the prosecution of criminal cases. He worked closely with law enforcement agencies to gather evidence.

Throughout his career, Thornton has gained a reputation as a skilled and dedicated legal professional. His experience as a chief prosecutor has given him a unique perspective on the criminal justice system, and he now uses that knowledge and experience to defend the rights of his clients as a criminal defense attorney. If you are facing criminal charges in Frio County, Attorney Brad Thornton is a top criminal defense attorney in Frio County and a knowledgeable and experienced advocate who can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.

DWI Defense Attorney in Frio County, Texas

In Frio County, Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol is the primary agency responsible for enforcing DWI laws. The DPS Highway Patrol conducts patrols and apprehends individuals who are driving while intoxicated. In addition to the DPS Highway Patrol, other local law enforcement agencies, such as the Frio County Sheriff's Office and the Pearsall Police Department, also have the authority to enforce DWI laws within their respective jurisdictions.

Brad Thornton gained extensive experience with the prosecution of DWI cases. He was a member of the District Attorney's Office DWI Task Force, where he worked closely with law enforcement agencies to aggressively pursue and prosecute individuals charged with drunk driving.

Thornton's experience as a prosecutor has given him a deep understanding of the legal issues and strategies involved in DWI cases. He knows how prosecutors build their cases and what evidence they look for, and he uses this knowledge to his advantage when defending clients against DWI charges.

In his current practice as a criminal defense attorney in Frio County, Thornton uses his expertise and experience to defend the rights of individuals charged with DWIs. He works tirelessly to ensure that his clients receive fair and just treatment under the law.

Law Enforcement Agencies in Frio County, Texas

Frio County, Texas is served by a number of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. These agencies work together to ensure the safety and security of the community.

The Frio County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency for the county. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as providing support to the local police departments.

The Pearsall Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Pearsall, which is the county seat of Frio County. The Pearsall Police Department is responsible for patrolling the city and enforcing the laws within its jurisdiction.

The Dilley Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Dilley. The Dilley Police Department is responsible for patrolling the city and enforcing the laws within its jurisdiction.

In addition to these local law enforcement agencies, Frio County is also served by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). The DPS is a state-level agency that provides a variety of services, including highway patrol and criminal investigation.

Finally, Frio County is also served by federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). These agencies are responsible for enforcing federal laws and investigating federal crimes.

Common Crimes in Frio County, Texas

Frio County law enforcement is very aggressive. The Sheriff’s Department is very active in drug enforcement and participates in many Task Forces with other local and Federal Agencies.

According to


Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low crime) to 100 (high crime)
Frio County violent crime is 18.9. (The US average is 22.7)
Frio County property crime is 38.3. (The US average is 35.4)


Frio County, Texas Court Information

81st & 218th District Court:

Frio 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


Frio County Court

Frio County Court 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 Frio County Court.


Contact Information:

500 East San Antonio Street, Box 7

Pearsall, Texas 78061

Phone: 830-334-2154


Frio County Jail

The Frio County Sheriff is elected to both provide law enforcement in Frio County and maintain the county jail where inmates 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 the authority to control who can write bail bonds in Frio County and local bail bondsmen can be found with a simple google search.


Frio County Sheriff’s Office

502 South Cedar Street

Pearsall, Texas 78061

Phone: 830-334-3311


Offender Search

The Frio 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 Frio County Jail.


Attorney Brad Thornton, Criminal Defense Lawyer in Frio County, Texas


Law enforcement and prosecutors in Frio County are well-trained and very experienced. I should know, I trained many of them and worked alongside them for many years. If you have been arrested in Frio County, you need a tough defense attorney who is experienced with the local courts.


Attorney Brad Thornton is one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Frio County, Texas. Brad defends clients in Pearsall, Dilley, and other areas of Frio County who have been charged with a crime. Brad is Board Certified in Criminal Law and has years of experience in the local courts.


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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