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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.

How to Choose the Right Lawyer

How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Brad Thornton

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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Top Five Things to Consider When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

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Brad Thornton has spent over a decade practicing criminal law, with a focus on cases in the San Antonio and South Texas area. He has a wealth of experience in a variety of criminal law matters, including DWI, family violence, and assault cases. In addition to his experience as a prosecutor, Brad has also received specialized training in areas such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Advanced Roadside Impairment Investigation, Drug Recognition Expert Training, and Crash and Accident Reconstruction. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Brad is well equipped to defend your rights and provide sound legal advice.



The reputation of your attorney is very important. Have you ever had a friend recommend a restaurant and when you went, you thought they must be crazy. The same thing happens all the time when hiring a lawyer. In order to be Board Certified in Criminal Law, an attorney must have a strong reputation among their peers, judges, and other legal professionals in the field. This is achieved through an in-depth investigation process conducted by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, during which local attorneys, judges, and prosecutors are contacted and asked to provide detailed feedback on the attorney's reputation and expertise in criminal law. By choosing a Board Certified attorney, you can trust that they are highly respected and qualified in their field.



In addition to experience, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable about criminal law. There are thousands of legal issues that can pop up in any given case and you need a lawyer who knows the law like the back of their hand. As a Board Certified lawyer in Criminal Law, Brad Thornton has demonstrated his extensive knowledge of the laws and procedures related to criminal cases. His skills and expertise have been tested and recognized by his peers and judges, and he is respected as a thorough and skilled trial lawyer. With his in-depth understanding of criminal law and strong reputation, you can trust Brad Thornton to provide knowledgeable and effective representation for your case.



When faced with criminal charges, the cost of hiring an experienced attorney may seem high, but the potential consequences of representing yourself or hiring an inexperienced lawyer can be much costlier. It is important to have a clear understanding of the fees and services included in your legal representation. At Thornton Criminal Defense, we offer flat fees and do not charge hourly rates. We strive to provide affordable legal services while maintaining the highest level of expertise. We also understand that financial considerations may be a concern and are willing to work with clients on payment plans if necessary.



You want to always hire an attorney who will communicate with you about you case and keep you apprised of what is going on. At Thornton Criminal Defense, we prioritize our clients and ensure that they are informed about every aspect of their case. From filing documents to attending court hearings, we make sure that our clients are always in the loop. Our dedicated attorney, Brad Thornton, is always available to answer questions and provide support through phone or email. Additionally, we offer a client portal for added convenience, allowing clients to communicate with their attorney, pay bills, view case documents, and upload necessary documents.

Attorney Brad Thornton

It's important to remember that choosing the best criminal defense attorney in to handle your case will be one of the most important decisions you make when facing charges or an investigation. Attorney Brad Thornton has earned his reputation as a respected attorney in the San Antonio and South Texas by providing knowledge legal advice and strong advocacy for over a decade. With Thornton Criminal Defense, PLLC, you can trust that your case is in the right hands.

Hiring a skilled criminal defense lawyer in San Antonio is essential for protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive a fair trial. With Texas having some of the toughest criminal laws in the country, it is important to choose an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in handling cases like yours. Don't risk your future by hiring an inexperienced lawyer - choose a qualified and trusted attorney who will work tirelessly to defend you.


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The State of Texas v. K.E.

Atascosa County

Offense: Driving While Intoxicated - First

Client was involved in a head on collision with an 18 wheeler and open containers were found in his car. We showed the prosecution the mistakes made by law enforcement and the inaccuracy of the tests they conducted and secured a dismissal for our client.

The State of Texas v. T.M.

Guadalupe County

Offense: Assault Causing Bodily Injury

Client was charged with assaulting a co-worker during an argument at work. From the start, we sent the client to an anger management class before her first court date and the prosecutor dismissed the case by showing she was working to address the issue on her own. 

The State of Texas v. M.M.

Wilson County

Offense: Assault Family Member - Strangulation

Client was charged with choking his wife. Prosecution was set on moving forward with the most serious felony assault. We put together a case to show the inconsistencies in the complaining witness's statement and the problems with the police investigation, securing a dismissal for our client. 

The State of Texas v. A.C.

Bexar County

Offense: Assault Family Member

The Clients future sister in law called the police after an argument between the client and his fiancé. Although the fiancé alleged that she was assaulted, the prosecution dismissed the case after we were able to show that there was not a threat of future violence. 

The State of Texas v. E.B.

Bexar County

Offense: Possession of Controlled Substance and Interference with Public Duties

The client was involved in a crash after allegedly consuming magic mushrooms. The police alleged she was not cooperative in their investigation and arrested her for Interference with Public Duties and Possession of Mushrooms after a search of her vehicle. We challenged the prosecution and ended up securing a dismissal of the case. 

The State of Texas v. S.C.

Bexar County

Offense: DWI 9th Arrest (Habitual)

The client was charged with his 9th DWI after having served time in prison for DWI twice before. After a hard fight, we were able to plea to a DWI Class B Misdemeanor, with an agreed one year probation and avoiding a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. 


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