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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.


Internet and Electronic Crimes

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Internet and Electronic Crimes

Overview of Internet Crimes in Texas

Attorney Brad Thornton of San Antonio is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who provides comprehensive legal representation for those accused of internet crimes in Texas, including charges such as Online Solicitation of a Minor, Possession of Child Pornography, and Online Impersonation.

Attorney Thornton understands the difficulty and stress that comes with these charge, so he takes great care to ensure his clients’ best interests are preserved throughout all aspects of the case. Attorney Thornton will carefully analyze your individual situation, explain the applicable laws and their potential implications, discuss available defenses and options, and create a strategic plan tailored to your needs. Attorney Thornton fights hard to vigorously protect his client’s rights at each stage of the process.

Type of Internet Crimes in Texas

Online Solicitation of a Minor

Online solicitation of a minor occurs when someone 17 years old or older communicates in a sexually explicit manner with someone under 17 through electronic means such as text messages, emails, chat rooms and social media platforms. In Texas, this is a third degree felony.

Possession of Child Pornography

Possession of Child Pornography happens when an individual knowingly or intentionally possesses visual material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct. The level of offense depends on many factors but can range from a third to first degree felony.

Online Impersonation

Online Impersonation takes place when one person uses another person's name or persona to create a web page, email account, or fake social media profile for the purpose of harming that person.

If you have been accused of any of these crimes Attorney Thornton is here to provide the experienced legal defense you need. He will work hard to develop an effective strategy on your behalf and ensure your rights are fully protected throughout the entire process.

Defenses to Internet Crimes in Texas

Texas law enforcement takes internet crimes very seriously, and those who are accused of breaking the law can face serious penalties if found guilty. However, defendants may have certain legal defenses available to them that could help mitigate their sentence or exonerate them completely from the charges. Here are some of the more common legal defenses used in Texas for internet crime cases involving Online Solicitation of a Minor, Possession of Child Pornography, and Online Impersonation:

Online Solicitation of a Minor

In most online solicitation cases, the prosecution must prove that the defendant had a specific intent to commit an illegal act. This means they must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant was fully aware they were engaging in criminal activity. The defense may be able to refute this by showing the accused was not actually trying to solicit a minor, but instead was engaged in a consensual activity or simply joking around.

Possession of Child Pornography

In these cases, the prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly possessed illegal material involving minors. However, defendants may have an alibi defense available if they did not have access to the computer/device where child pornography was found or if someone else had access and could have downloaded it without their knowledge. The defense could also argue that the images were for legitimate artistic purposes or for educational research.

Online Impersonation

The defense may be able to argue that the person being impersonated gave consent or condoned it as harmless fun. Additionally, the impersonator may be able to show that they intended no harm to the victim and were not trying to defame, threaten or blackmail them. The defense could also argue that the conduct does not meet the legal definition of online impersonation in Texas.

In order for these defenses to be successful, defendants must have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can present their case in a compelling manner. If you are facing charges related to internet crimes in Texas, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney who can understand your situation and ensure your rights are protected.


San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Thornton has spent years in court room fighting for justice. As a prosecutor, Brad was a leader on cases ranging from marijuana to murder from arrest to appeal. Who better to fight for your rights than someone who knows the "other side" and has tried the toughest of cases out there. Put his experience and knowledge to work for you.  

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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.