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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

FORMER CHIEF PROSECUTOR

PERSONALIZED ATTENTION TO YOUR CASE

NO HOURLY RATES, ALWAYS A FLAT FEE

CLIENT CENTERED APPROACH TO YOUR CASE

BOARD CERTIFIED IN CRIMINAL LAW 

OVER A DECADE OF EXPERIENCE IN CRIMINAL LAW

WHY HIRE THORNTON CRIMINAL DEFENSE?

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.

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False Report Attorney in San Antonio, Texas

False Report to a Peace Officer

Texas Penal Code § 37.08 - FALSE STMNT TO PO/SP INV/LAW ENF EMPL/CORR OFF

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False Report in San Antonio, Texas


In Texas, it is a crime to knowingly make a false statement that is material to a criminal investigation and make the statement to a peace officer or other law enforcement official conducting the investigation. This offense is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

 

In the context of Texas Penal Code section 37.08, the term "material" refers to information that is relevant or significant to the criminal investigation. In order to be considered "material," the false statement must be something that could potentially affect the outcome of the investigation or the decision of the peace officer or law enforcement official conducting the investigation. Essentially, a material false statement is one that could potentially mislead or deceive the investigator and influence their actions.

Defenses in Texas


If a person is charged with the offense of false report to a peace officer in Texas, there are several potential defenses that they may be able to raise in order to challenge the charges. These defenses may include:

 

Lack of intent: In order to be convicted of this offense, the prosecution must be able to prove that the defendant made the false report to a peace officer with the intent to deceive. If the defendant did not act with this intent, they cannot be found guilty of the offense.

 

 

Insufficient evidence: The prosecution must be able to provide sufficient evidence to support a conviction for false report to a peace officer. If the defendant can challenge the reliability or credibility of the prosecution's evidence, they may be able to successfully defend against the charges.

 

Duress: If the defendant made a false report to a peace officer because they were threatened or coerced by another person, they may be able to argue that they were acting under duress and therefore did not act with the necessary intent to deceive.

 

It is important to note that the specific defenses available in a given case will depend on the circumstances of the case and the laws of the state in which the offense was alleged to have been committed. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help a defendant evaluate the potential defenses available to them and develop a strategy for defending against false report to a peace officer charges.

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

Attorney Brad Thornton


If you have been charged with false report to a peace officer in San Antonio, Texas, it is important to take the charges seriously and seek the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney. One attorney you may want to consider is Brad Thornton, who is a board-certified criminal defense attorney and a former chief prosecutor. Here are a few reasons why you should consider contacting Brad Thornton for a free consultation if you have been charged with this offense:

 

Experience: Brad Thornton has extensive experience in criminal law, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. As a former chief prosecutor, he has a unique perspective on how the state builds its cases and is well-equipped to anticipate and counter the prosecution's arguments.

 

Knowledge of the law: As a board-certified criminal defense attorney, Brad Thornton has demonstrated a high level of knowledge and expertise in criminal law. He is well-versed in the laws and procedures related to false report to a peace officer cases and can provide knowledgeable guidance and representation.

 

Personalized representation: When you work with Brad Thornton, you can expect personalized representation tailored to your specific needs and goals. He takes the time to understand the details of your case and works closely with you to develop a strategic defense plan.

 

Overall, if you have been charged with false report to a peace officer in San Antonio, Texas, it is important to act quickly and seek the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney. Brad Thornton's experience, knowledge of the law, and commitment to personalized representation make him a strong choice for those facing criminal charges.

FORMER PROSECUTOR

San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Thornton has spent years in court rooms 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.

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