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Brad Thornton has over a decade of experience in Criminal Law. He is a former Chief Prosecutor with the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. His time spent as a prosecutor has given him valuable experience of how the prosecution will come after you and how to get in their way.

Brad is Board-Certified in Criminal Law – a distinction held by less than .008% of lawyers licensed in the State of Texas. Board-Certification is the only mark of excellence recognized by the state bar and signifies he has shown he has the experience, knowledge, and respect of the local legal community to stand out from the rest.

Brad is passionate about criminal defense. When you hire Brad Thornton, you will have a fierce advocate who cares deeply about your situation and will fight tooth and nail to defend your rights and protect your future.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense
White Collar Crime
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24073204
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Professional Experience
Thornton Criminal Defense, PLLC
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Former Chief Prosecutor
81st Judicial District Attorney's Office
Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor
Montgomery County District Attorney
Brazos County Attorney
Texas Tech University School of Law
J.D. (2010) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tech Law Review and the Top Rated Advocate of the Board of Barristers
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University of Texas - San Antonio
B.S. (2005) | Criminal Justice
Honors: Cum Laude
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Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award
ABA Journal
Top Ranked Advocated
Texas Tech Board of Barristers
Texas Tech Law Review
Jurisprudence Award - Legal Practice
Texas Tech Law School
Professional Associations
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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State Bar of Texas  # 24073204
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Articles & Publications
Challenging forensic evidence in a criminal case.
Thornton Criminal Defense - Blog
Why A Former Prosecutor Should Be Your First Choice
Thornton Criminal Defense - Blog
Will using CBD Cause a Positive Result on a Drug Test?
Thornton Criminal Defense - Blog
Navigating the Bail Bond Process in Texas
Thornton Criminal Defense - Blog
Understanding the Science Behind Intoxilyzer Tests and Their Accuracy
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Do Police Have to Give You Miranda Warnings?
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Fighting the abuse of prescription medications
The Texas Prosecutor
Soccer Mom or Drug Trafficker?: Why an Officer's Consideration of Religious Symbols in His Reasonable Suspicion Calculus Does Not Offend The First Amendment, 42 TEX. TECH L. REV. 123
Texas Tech Law Review
Speaking Engagements
Asset Forfeiture and Bond Forfeiture, Monthly CLE, Conroe, Texas
Montgomery County
Issues in Law Enforcement, Atascosa County Criminal Justice Training, Jourdanton, Texas
Issues in DWI Enforcement, Atascosa County Criminal Justice Training, Jourdanton, Texas
Special Issues in Criminal Law, Annual CLE, Jourdanton Texas
Board Certified in Criminal Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
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3 Questions Answered
Q. Will i be arrested if i turn in a fugitive that has been living with me, state of TX. I have no criminal background.
A: It's impossible to promise you will not be arrested but here is what the law says.

Sec. 38.05 of the Texas Penal code makes it a crime to harbor a fugitive IF you have the intent to hinder the arrest of another under the authority of a warrant or capias.

If you call the police to report the person, it's hard to say that you had the intent to harbor them. But if there are any other facts or statements that would lead police to believe you had lied to them in the past or obstructed their search for the fugitive in any way, you could still be charged. A more certain answer would require a few more facts about the situation.
Q. Charged with 3rd dwi with a prior felony evading 20yrs ago. What are the odds of probation in texas? Last dwi 2003
A: If it is a true 3rd DWI, then your chances would normally be pretty good to get probation across Texas. This is assuming there were no extenuating circumstances like evading, threatening the officer, involvement in a crash, etc.

The prior evading adds many variables. If you went to prison for the charge, then it's possible it can enhance your DWI to be punished as a second degree. If so, prosecutors might be less likely to offer probation. If it was a probation you completed successfully, then it won't likely have an impact on their decision, although you can never say for sure.
Q. What does. “Motion and Order to Withdraw MTR/MTA” Mean on a court update?
A: Unfortunately, it's impossible to give you a certain answer with just this information. If you moved away without finishing your probation, they likely filed a "Motion to Revoke Probation" if you were on straight probation or regular probation and if you were on deferred adjudication, they likely filed a "Motion to Adjudicate". Both of these would trigger a warrant for your arrest.

Court dates are not standard across Texas and can even vary based on the employee entering them in that day. Your particular setting states: Motion and Order to Withdraw MTR/MTA. Withdrawing an MTR or MTA generally means that the prosecution is withdrawing their motion to revoke your probation, or in other words, dismissing your case if your probation term has already expired.

But again, it is impossible to say for sure without investigating your situation further.
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Thornton Criminal Defense, PLLC
111 Soledad St
Suite 401
San Antonio, TX 78205
Telephone: (210) 439-5627
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Closed
Thornton Criminal Defense - Atascosa Office
216 North Bryant Street
Pleasanton, TX 78064
Telephone: (210) 439-5627
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