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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.


Weapons Crimes

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Weapons Crimes

Overview of Weapons Crimes in Texas

Weapon crimes in Texas are taken seriously by law enforcement and the courts. The state has some of the most stringent laws related to weapons possession, use, and sale. A conviction for a weapons crime can result in serious penalties including long prison sentences and large fines. It is important to understand the various weapons-related laws that may be applicable to an individual’s situation before taking any action involving a weapon.

In Texas, there are generally three categories of offenses related to weapons: (1) unlawful possession; (2) improper use; and (3) illegal sale or transfer. Unlawful possession includes not only possessing a weapon without a permit or license or while previously being convicted of a felony offense but also carrying a weapon in prohibited places such as schools, churches, or government buildings. Improper use applies to the intentional and unauthorized discharge of a weapon, as well as recklessly using a dangerous weapon for an illegal purpose. Illegal sale or transfer covers offenses such as selling weapons without a license, providing weapons to minors, and trafficking in firearms across state lines.

The penalties associated with violation of the laws related to weapons can be severe. They may include significant jail time and stiff fines, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime and any prior criminal history. In some cases, defendants may also face enhanced sentences due to aggravating factors such as carrying a gun while committing another felony or using a weapon in connection with drug-related activities.

Types of Weapon-Related Offenses

There are a variety of weapon-related offenses in the state of Texas, including:

• Unlawful Possession - possessing a firearm or other weapon without a permit, license, or other legal authorization. This can include carrying weapons in prohibited places such as schools, churches and government buildings. This also includes possessing a weapon illegally after previously being convicted of a prior felony offense.

• Sale or Transfer - selling firearms without a license, providing weapons to minors, and trafficking guns across state lines.

• Carrying Weapons - depending on the location and type of weapon involved, individuals may be found guilty of violating the law if they are caught carrying them without proper licensing.

Penalties for Weapon Crimes

The penalties for weapon crimes in the state of Texas can range from fines and community service to lengthy prison sentences. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime, such as any prior criminal history or aggravating factors, enhanced punishments may be applicable.

In some cases, aggravated charges may apply if a weapon was used during a violent offense or to commit another felony. Additionally, individuals found guilty of carrying weapons while engaging in organized criminal activity face even more serious consequences. The punishment for these offenses can include higher fines and longer prison terms than those charged with other weapons-related offenses.

Defenses to Weapon Charges

Fortunately, there are a variety of defenses that can be used to challenge weapon-related charges in the state of Texas. These include:

Lack of Knowledge - if an individual did not know they were carrying a weapon or was unaware it was unlawful, this may be cited as a defense.

Necessity - in some cases, individuals involved in self-defense or other situations involving necessity may use this defense to avoid criminal charges for possessing or using a weapon.

Improper Search and Seizure - if law enforcement officers violated an individual’s rights by searching their property without permission or probable cause, any weapons discovered may not be used as evidence against them.

Insufficient Evidence - if there is not enough proof to prove that an individual knowingly and intentionally possessed or used a weapon, they may use this argument in their defense.

Mental Impairment – if an individual was mentally impaired at the time of their arrest, they may be able to avoid criminal prosecution.

In some cases, individuals charged with weapon-related offenses may also be able to enter into a plea agreement or seek alternative sentencing options such as deferred adjudication.

Thornton Criminal Defense Can Help

Given the seriousness of weapon charges, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help protect your rights and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Attorney Brad Thornton can evaluate the facts of your case, explain the legal process to you and provide any necessary guidance throughout the proceedings. Brad will also work with prosecutors to negotiate favorable plea agreements or fight for a dismissal or acquittal if possible. You may be able to avoid a conviction or receive reduced penalties.


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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180 days - 2 years in jail

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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.