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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

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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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Theft Attorney in San Antonio Texas

Theft of Property

Texas Penal Code § 31.03 - THEFT PROP

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Theft Criminal Defense Attorney in San Antonio, Texas


Theft of property is a serious offense in the state of Texas. Theft is defined as intentionally taking someone else’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive them of its value or use. Theft offenses in Texas are taken very seriously, so it's important for individuals to understand what constitutes an offense, possible defenses against charges, and punishments for committing a theft crime.


In order for an individual to be convicted of theft under Texas law, certain elements must be present. These include knowingly depriving another person of property without their permission; acting with the intent to unlawfully take personal or real property; or taking tangible or intangible personal property without the owner's permission. Theft of services, such as cable television, is also considered a theft offense in Texas.

Defenses to Theft in Texas


Although a theft offense may appear straightforward, there are many possible defenses that one could use to avoid conviction. For example, if the offense was committed in an emergency situation where another individual’s safety or property was at risk, this can be used as a defense. Additionally, mistakes made by law enforcement officers when gathering evidence may be considered grounds for dismissal of charges. Furthermore, if an individual is charged with Theft but believes they had permission from the owner to take the property in question or otherwise did not act with criminal intent, this too could present a possible defense against conviction.


Punishments for Theft in Texas


The punishments for Theft of Property depend on the value and type of property stolen. Theft is typically charged as a misdemeanor, but those convicted may face jail time up to one year in addition to fines. Theft of property valued at more than $2,500 is considered a felony offense and can carry stiffer penalties such as lengthy prison sentences, high restitution payments and extensive court supervision. Theft of certain items such as firearms or livestock may also be classified as felonies despite their lower value. Theft convictions can also have long-term consequences such as difficulty obtaining employment or housing due to a criminal record.


Texas uses what they call the "value ladder" to determine the degree of offense for Theft and other crimes in Texas. The following shows the level of offense based on the value of the loss:


  • Class C Misdemeanor - Under $100

  • Class B Misdemeanor - $100 or more, but less than $750

  • Class A Misdemeanor - $750 or more, but les than $2,500

  • State Jail Felony - $2,500 or more, but less than $30,000

  • Third-Degree Felony - $30,000 or more, but less than $150,000

  • Second-Degree Felony - $150,000 or more, but less than $300,000

  • First-Degree Felony - More than $300,000

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

Theft Attorney Brad Thornton


If you have been charged with Theft of Property in Texas, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney such as Brad Thornton to ensure your rights and interests are protected. He will investigate the circumstances of your arrest, develop a strong case on your behalf, and work diligently to ensure the best possible outcome for you. Contact him today to learn more about how he can help if you have been charged with Theft in Texas.

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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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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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