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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.

Charged with a Crime in South Texas

Criminal Defense

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.

Arrested for a crime in San Antonio, Texas?

Being arrested is a deeply traumatic event that can bring up a range of concerns and worries all at once. Some of the things that may be going through your mind include: will I go to jail, will CPS take my children away, will I lose my job or professional license, and many others. The consequences of an arrest can be severe, including financial fines and fees, years on probation, and even significant time in jail. It is a difficult and stressful time, but with the right representation, you can navigate the legal process and work towards a positive outcome.

Criminal Defense Attorney in San Antonio, Texas

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, navigating the legal system can be a daunting and complicated process. Even minor charges can have serious and lasting consequences, so it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney on your side. A Board-Certified lawyer can help guide you through the process and advocate for your rights to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Don't take any chances with your future – make sure to secure the right representation to protect your future.

Thornton Criminal Defense handles cases all throughout south Texas. We primarily provide criminal defense in Bexar County, Atascosa County, Wilson County, Frio County, Karnes County, Guadalupe County, Medina County, and Comal County.


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.  

Remember, you have the right to remain silent. Use it!

It is not uncommon for police officers or detectives to contact you and request a statement as part of an ongoing investigation. Even after an arrest, law enforcement may still try to speak with you in an effort to gather more information and build a case against you. Police may try to make you feel like they are on your side and seem to agree with your version of events, but it is important not to be deceived. Always remember your right to remain silent and seek the advice of a lawyer immediately. Attorney Brad Thornton can help you protect your rights and start building your defense.

You have a lot at stake. Take this seriously. 

If you are arrested and convicted of a crime in Texas, you may be facing jail time, fines, or other consequences. The severity of these consequences can vary depending on the offense, with jail time ranging from one day to life in prison and fines reaching up to $10,000. However, there are also what are known as "collateral consequences," or other consequences that can be just as damaging to your life and future. When you have been arrested in San Antonio, it is crucial to have a lawyer who understands the full range of challenges you are facing and can help you avoid disaster.

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

Here are some of the "collateral" consequence you could be facing with a criminal conviction.

Difficulty keeping or getting a job.

Criminal convictions can have a significant impact on your employment opportunities, both in terms of getting a job and keeping the one you have. Many employers in Texas are hesitant to hire individuals with criminal records, and certain professions may be off-limits to those with convictions. This can have a ripple effect on your family's future and overall quality of life.

Parenting Status

Certain criminal convictions can have serious consequences for your parental rights, including the loss of custody of your children. In some cases, a prison sentence may allow the other parent to petition the court to terminate your parental status permanently. Other convictions may prevent you from adopting children or becoming a foster parent, and may even restrict your ability to visit family members' children.

Substantial Immigration Consequences

Many criminal convictions can result in deportation or the cancellation of a US visa you may already have. If you are in the process of getting a green card, it could be denied.

Loss or Suspension of Professional Licenses 

Certain professions, such as teachers, plumbers, doctors, and lawyers, require professional licenses. These licenses are governed by administrative organizations that have specific rules in place regarding the impact of a criminal conviction on your license. It is possible for a conviction to result in the suspension or revocation of your professional license, depending on the circumstances.

Problems with College Admission and Student Loans

One of the key pieces of information that is typically included on a college application is whether you have been convicted of a crime. While it is not a guarantee that a criminal conviction will disqualify you from admission to a college or university, it is often viewed as a significant negative factor in the admissions process.

Criminal convictions can also affect your ability to secure student loans. The federal government has restrictions in place for who is eligible to receive federal loans, and individuals convicted of drug or sex crimes may be ineligible. Even a plea to a misdemeanor marijuana charge can impact your ability to obtain the financial assistance you need to pay for school.

San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Thornton

If you are facing criminal charges, it is imperative to understand the seriousness of the situation and the potential impact on your future. Hiring an experienced attorney can greatly increase your chances of a favorable outcome. With the right legal strategy, it may be possible to get your charges reduced, dismissed, or rejected. Attorney Brad Thornton has over a decade of experience in criminal law and is skilled at fighting for his clients to achieve the best possible results. Do not take any chances with your future – work with a lawyer who knows how to protect your rights and interests.​

Call (210) 439-5627 today to schedule a free consultation. 

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