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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.

Former Prosecutor


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.


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Why Should I Only Hire a Former Prosecutor

When you are facing criminal charges, the attorney you choose to represent you is the most important decision you will make. It is crucial to hire a lawyer who has experience on "the other side" as a prosecutor, as this can give them valuable insight into the strategies and tactics of the prosecution and help them achieve the best possible outcome for your case. When you are up against the full power of the state, having a lawyer with extensive prosecutorial experience can make all the difference.

Former Prosecutors Have the Courtroom Experience You Need to Defense Serious Charges

When you hire a lawyer who is a former prosecutor, you are getting someone who has extensive trial experience and has gone to battle in the courtroom on a daily basis. Prosecutors often have large caseloads and must manage a high volume of cases, giving them valuable experience in handling complex legal matters.


Prosecutors have a deep understanding of how a case progresses from arrest to appeal, have participated in the initial investigation of serious criminal cases, negotiated thousands of plea deals, and have successfully argued in front of juries. This background is invaluable in achieving the best possible outcome for your case.

Here are just some of the advantages a former prosecutor brings to the table:

  1. They have seen, been a part of, and even directed how the police investigate a case.

  2. If you are only being investigated and have not been arrested yet, a former prosecutor knows how and by whom the decisions are made and can help get in front of the situation.

  3. They know how the State is going to build their case, the facts they must prove, and the types of evidence they use as "shortcuts" in front of a jury and can cut them off ahead of time.

  4. They understand how a prosecutor is going to try their case from beginning to end and can stay a step ahead in every phase of the case.

  5. They know how prosecutors "think", their goals with the case, and how best to negotiate to get the best results for their client.

  6. They know how to talk to a jury. Only when you have stood in front of a jury as many times as an overworked, big city prosecutor can you understand the difficulties of convincing a random group of twelve people to do anything. They can thwart the prosecution by building a relationship with the jury and counter them at every step.

Former Prosecutors are Expert Negotiators

The truth is, some cases are more challenging than others. If you find yourself facing tough charges and seemingly unfavorable results, former prosecutors like attorney Brad Thornton have the experience to negotiate the best deal and help you get the best possible outcome. 

Plea bargaining is an art that takes years to learn. Each day in court, a career defense attorney goes in to negotiate one or two cases with a prosecutor, but the prosecutor will negotiation potentially dozens of cases by the end of that same day. The experience adds up quick and so do the skills you need to have the upper hand.


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David I.

Seguin, Texas

Brad was great from the moment he looked at my case. Despite his busy schedule, he made himself easily available, walked us through every detail with care and professionalism, and worked out a great deal with the prosecutor that was much better than any outcome we could have imagined. I don’t plan on needing his assistance again, but if I’m ever unfortunate enough to find myself in another legal bind, Brad will be my first call.

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.

Elaine B.

San Antonio, Texas

Brad is an amazing attorney, and I highly recommend him! He has deep knowledge and understanding how to navigate the law to support his clients. He has a way with people, and truly has his focus on client care and supporting them, during a time that’s usually stressful for clients. He was able to support in getting my case dismissed in less than 2 months and was attentive and personable during the whole process. You have a choice when deciding who’s going to represent you, and to have an attorney that genuinely cares for his clients should be an expectation anyone should set. Brad will meet that expectation 110%!

Kevin E.

Jourdanton, Texas

[Brad] made the process very easy for me, handling everything within a month, with a motion to dismiss all cases against me. I only had to attend court once! The portal he uses to make sure you are aware of everything going on in your case is awesome, I didn’t even have to worry everything got downloaded to the portal with email notifications. I would never use another attorney to represent me, he is the best at what he does.


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