top of page
South Texas Defense Attorney




Proudly Serving All of Texas

Criminal Defense Blog


Criminal Jury Selection
Bexar County Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Thornton


  1. Board Certified

  2. Former Prosecutor

  3. 100+ Courtroom Victories


Prison Cell


Family Violence
Drug Crimes
Murder & Manslaughter


Hamburger Menu
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

© 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.


Violent Crimes

San Antonio 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.

Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes in Texas

Being charged with a violent crime is a serious allegation that should not be taken lightly. Violent Crimes include Assault, Aggravated Assault, Deadly Conduct, Terroristic Threat, Assault of a Public Servant, Injury to the Elderly, Injury to a Child, Kidnapping, and Sexual Assault.

If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is important to consult with an experienced San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney. Attorney Brad Thornton has the experience and knowledge to aggressively defend your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

Types of Violent Crimes


Assault is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.01 as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person, threatening them with imminent bodily injury, or physically touching someone with the intent to cause physical pain, injury or offensive contact.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.02 as using or exhibiting a deadly weapon in the commission of an assault offense, causing serious bodily injury to another person, or threatening another with imminent bodily injury while being involved in organized criminal activity.

Deadly Conduct

Deadly conduct is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.05 as recklessly engaging in activity that places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.

Injury to the Elderly or a Child

Injury to the elderly is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.04 as causing serious bodily injury to an individual aged 65 or older. Injury to a child is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.04 as intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence causing any physical harm to a child including mental or emotional injury and failing to seek medical assistance for their injuries in appropriate situations.


Kidnapping is defined under Texas Penal Code 20.03 as intentionally or knowingly abducting another person without their consent and with the intent to hold them for ransom or use them as a shield, facilitate flight after the commission of a felony, terrorize them or inflict bodily injury on them.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.011 as intentionally or knowingly causing sexual penetration or contact with another person without their consent, which can include physical force, violence, threat of imminent harm, and other forms of coercion.

Indecent Assault

Indecent assault is defined under Texas Penal Code 22.012 as intentionally touching someone in an indecent manner without their consent and with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of any person including yourself.

Defense to Violent Crime Charges in Texas

The defense to violent crimes in Texas depends on the specific facts of the case and the charges involved. Generally, common defenses to violent crimes include self-defense, defense of others, lack of intent, mistake of fact, and lack of evidence.

Self-defense is a valid defense to violent crime charges in Texas. For an individual to successfully raise self-defense as a defense in their case, they must prove that they reasonably believed that there was an imminent threat of harm or death from the alleged victim and that the use of force or violence used was necessary for protection from that threat. It is important to note that self-defense does not apply if an individual provoked the attack.

Defense of another is another form of legal defense for those accused of violent crime. This refers to situations where a person uses force or violence to defend another person from a physical attack. For this defense to be successful, it must be demonstrated that there was an imminent danger faced by the other person and likewise, only reasonable force could be used against their attacker.

Lack of intent is also a potential defense against criminal charges involving violence. This means showing that any action taken was not done with the intention or desire to injure another person. For example, if someone throws something at someone else without realizing how much damage it may cause, then they would not have had any intention of causing harm when they threw it and therefore lack intent as a valid legal defense, but depending on the situation, may just lessen the charge, instead of being an outright defense to criminal conduct altogether.

Mistake of fact is yet another line of defense that can involve demonstrating unintentional actions due to mistaken belief about certain factual circumstances surrounding the event in question. This may involve showing that there was no knowledge about whether someone had permission or authority over property or items involved in a dispute resulting in a physical altercation between parties. This might also refer to situations where one did not know another party's age if charged with Injury Against The Elderly or Injury Against A Child offenses under Texas Penal Code 22.04 .

Finally, lack of evidence can also be used as a line of legal defense against charges involving violence. This means demonstrating that there is insufficient evidence available for a conviction on the offense charged which can involve challenging witness credibility and law enforcement testimony during trial proceedings among other strategies.

Attorney Brad Thornton Can Help

If you have been charged with a violent crime, Attorney Brad Thornton is dedicated to providing the best legal defense possible. Contact us today for a free consultation and to discuss your case. Your freedom and future are at stake and we take that seriously. We are committed to fighting for you and protecting your rights. Don’t go through this alone; contact Attorney Brad Thornton for experienced San Antonio criminal defense representation today.


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

Up to $10,000

Up to $10,000

Up to $10,000

Up to $4,000

Up to $2,000

Family Violence Defense Attorney in San Antonio, Texas
Texas Drug Crimes
Property Crimes in Texas
Homicide Crimes in Texas, including Murder and Manslaughter
Theft Crimes in Texas
Weapon Crimes in San Antonio, Texas
Fraud and White Collar Defense in Texas
Internet Crimes in Texas
Resisting Arrest in San Antonio, Texas

Crimes & Criminal Matters


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.