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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.

Karnes County Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense Attorney in Karnes County, Texas

Karnes City, Kenedy, Runge, and Falls City 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 Kenedy , Karnes County, TX

Karnes County Criminal Defense Attorney

Karnes County Criminal Defense Attorney

Before starting his own practice, Attorney Brad Thornton worked as a Chief Prosecutor for the 81st District Attorney's Office, which is the prosecuting agency for Karnes County, Texas.

In this role, Thornton was responsible for overseeing a team of prosecutors and handling a range of criminal cases. He worked closely with local law enforcement agencies to investigate and build cases against defendants, and he represented the state in court proceedings.

Thanks to his time at the 81st District Attorney’s Office, Thornton is well-respected in the legal community and is known for his thorough and aggressive approach to representation. If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney in Karnes County or the surrounding area, call Brad Thornton today.


DWI Defense Attorney in Karnes County, Texas

The Texas Highway Patrol (THP) is a state law enforcement agency that is responsible for enforcing traffic laws on the state's highways and roads. As part of this responsibility, the THP has extensive knowledge in DWI (driving while intoxicated) enforcement.

In Karnes County, Texas, the THP works alongside local law enforcement agencies to enforce DWIs and keep the roads safe for all users. These agencies include the Karnes County Sheriff's Office, the Karnes City Police Department, the Kenedy Police Department, and the Runge Police Department.

The THP also works closely with other state and federal agencies to coordinate DWI enforcement efforts. This includes participating in campaigns and initiatives aimed at reducing the number of drunk driving incidents on Texas roads.

Brad Thornton is a Board-Certified criminal defense attorney who has a wealth of experience with DWI (driving while intoxicated) cases. As a former prosecutor for Thornton served as a leader on the DWI Task Force, where he gained valuable experience in investigating and prosecuting DWI cases.

Thornton's time as a DWI task force prosecutor has given him a unique perspective on DWI defense and how to effectively represent clients charged with this offense. He has a deep understanding of the laws and procedures related to DWIs and is well-versed in the latest techniques and technologies used by law enforcement to detect and prosecute impaired drivers.

This experience makes Thornton an excellent choice for DWI defense in Karnes County. He is knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated to helping his clients achieve the best possible outcome in their cases. Whether you are facing a first-time DWI charge or have multiple offenses, Thornton can provide the representation you need to protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome. So, if you are in need of a criminal defense attorney in Karnes County or the surrounding area, don't hesitate to contact Brad Thornton.


Law Enforcement in Karnes County

Karnes County, located in south central Texas, is served by a number of police agencies, each with its own jurisdiction and areas of responsibility.


The Karnes County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency for the county. It is responsible for patrolling unincorporated areas of the county, as well as providing support to other local agencies as needed. The Sheriff's Office also operates the county jail and is responsible for serving civil processes and court orders.

The Karnes City Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Karnes City. It is responsible for patrolling the city limits and providing a range of services, including responding to emergencies, investigating crimes, and enforcing traffic laws.

The Kenedy Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Kenedy. It is responsible for patrolling the city limits and providing a range of services, including responding to emergencies, investigating crimes, and enforcing traffic laws.

The Runge Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Runge. It is responsible for patrolling the city limits and providing a range of services, including responding to emergencies, investigating crimes, and enforcing traffic laws.

In addition to these local agencies, Karnes County is also served by a number of state and federal agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These agencies are responsible for assisting local agencies as needed and investigating crimes that fall under their jurisdiction.


Common Crimes in Karnes County, Texas

Karnes 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)

Karnes County violent crime is 20.5. (The US average is 22.7)
Karnes County property crime is 47.2. (The US average is 35.4)
Learn more about Crimes in Karnes County, Texas


Karnes County, Texas Court Information

81st & 218th District Court:

Karnes 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

Karnes County Court

Karnes 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 Karnes County Court.

Contact Information:

101 North Panna Maria Avenue

Karnes City, TX 78118

Phone: 830-780-3732


Karnes County Jail

The Karnes County Sheriff is elected to both provide law enforcement in Karnes 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 Karnes County and local bail bondsmen can be found with a simple google search.

Karnes County Sheriff’s Office

500 E. Wall Street

Karnes City, Texas 78118

Phone: (830) 780-3931

Offender Search

The Karnes 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 Karnes County Jail.


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

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


Attorney Brad Thornton defense clients in Karnes City, Kenedy, Falls City, and other areas of Karnes 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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