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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.


Property Crimes

San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney

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Property Crimes

Overview of Property Crimes in Texas

Property crimes in Texas can carry serious consequences if convicted, which is why it’s important to have a San Antonio criminal defense attorney on your side who understands the law and will fight for you.

Dealing with any kind of property crime charge can be stressful and complicated; however having an experienced San Antonio criminal defense attorney like Brad Thornton at Thornton Criminal Defense fighting for your rights makes all the difference in obtaining positive outcomes for your case. Contact us today for assistance defending yourself against charges involving arson, graffiti, criminal trespass, burglary, and/or criminal mischief in San Antonio Texas!

Types of Property Crimes in Texas


Arson occurs when someone intentionally starts a fire or causes an explosion with the intent to cause damage to property or harm another person. It is classified as either first degree or second degree, and the penalties for conviction vary based on the amount of damage done. Attorney Brad Thornton understands how these charges are brought against defendants and can work with them to build a strong case for their defense.


Burglary involves breaking into another person’s home with the intention of committing theft, assault, or some other type of felony offense once inside the residence. Thornton Criminal Defense knows that burglary convictions can result in prison sentences ranging from several months up to life imprisonment depending on what type of items were taken and how much damage was done during commission of the crime.

Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass involves entering onto someone else’s property without permission or remaining there after being asked to leave by the owner or a representative of the owner. This crime can range from minor trespassing offenses such as illegally camping in state parks to more serious offenses like breaking into someone’s home without their consent. The penalty for this offense depends on whether it was a misdemeanor or felony as well as other factors such as whether force was used during commission of the crime.

Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief involves damaging or destroying another person’s property with malicious intent such as spray-painting graffiti on public buildings or vandalizing vehicles. San Antonio criminal defense lawyers understand that these types of offenses come with steep punishments if convicted and can work with their clients to reduce those punishments through various legal strategies such as plea bargains and suppressions motions.


Graffiti is defined as any type of markings or drawings made without permission on public or private property. San Antonio criminal defense attorneys understand that graffiti cases are often complex due to questions of ownership and intent. Depending on the circumstances involved in the case, graffiti can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense.

Defenses to Property Crimes in Texas

When facing a charge of property crime in San Antonio, Texas it is important to consider the most effective legal strategies that can be employed. San Antonio criminal defense attorneys Brad Thornton understands the potential defenses available to those accused of property crimes including:

- Lack of intent – Intent is an essential element for many types of property crimes, so showing that there was no malicious intent or other illegal purpose behind the action may help reduce or even dismiss the charges.

- Mistake of fact – If the accused was unaware that he or she was on someone else’s property when committing a crime, then this could potentially serve as an affirmative defense.

- Alibi defense – If the accused was somewhere else when the crime occurred, then this could serve as a defense to the charge.

In San Antonio Texas, property crime charges can be extremely serious and may result in harsh punishments if convicted. It’s essential to remember that even if you are charged with a property crime in San Antonio, Texas you still have rights and options available to you under the law. It is important to have experienced San Antonio criminal defense attorneys like Brad Thornton of Thornton Criminal Defense on your side in order to increase your chances of obtaining a favorable result for your case. Contact us today for assistance with defending yourself against any type of property crime charge!


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.  

Punishment Ranges

Level of Offense

Potential Incarceration

Potential Fine

First-degree Felony

Second-degree Felony

Third-degree Felony

State Jail Felony

Class A Misdemeanor

Class B Misdemeanor

2 - 10 years in prison

180 days - 2 years in jail

Up to 1 year in jail

Up to 180 days in jail

2 - 20 years in prison

5 - 99 years in prison

Up to $10,000

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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.