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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.

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Daryl M.

Elmendorf, Texas

If you need a criminal lawyer, Brad Thornton is an excellent choice. He is intelligent, trustworthy, and highly professional, with an amazing understanding of the law.


Choosing the right lawyer can shape the rest of your life, so make sure to make the right decision and choose Brad Thornton.

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.

Stephanie S.

San Antonio, Texas

We recently faced a stressful family matter and turned to Brad for legal guidance. He was extremely compassionate and helped us understand our options and the legal process in an easy-to-follow way. We are thrilled with the outcome of our case and are grateful to Brad for his help. Thank you!

Garry T.

San Antonio, Texas

I cannot emphasize enough how understanding and compassionate Brad Thornton was during a difficult situation. He helped us navigate the legal aspects of our case and provided us with a clear understanding of our options. I highly recommend Brad Thornton for anyone in need of legal representation.


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