Asheville Criminal Defense Lawyer
Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law

Expert Criminal Defense

As a Board-Certified State Criminal Law Specialist, Thomas Amburgey has satisfied a number of rigorous standards for certification including extensive peer review and proficiency in the practice of defense law. Thomas has tried over 70 cases in front of a jury and hundreds in front of a judge, crucial experience for the defense of charges.

Former Prosecutor

Thomas is a former prosecutor and a board-certified specialist in state criminal law. As an Assistant District Attorney in Asheville, he prosecuted thousands of cases, ranging from speeding tickets to first degree murder. Now, in private practice, Thomas’ experience and skills gained as a prosecutor greatly enhance the work he does for his clients.

Thomas Will Defend You

Thomas prides himself in representing each of his clients with the same level of attention, time, and respect. Many firms deal with a high volume of clients. With other firms, you might be one of fifteen clients on a calendar day. When you hire Amburgey Law you have the comfort of knowing that you won’t be “just another file in the stack.”

What To Do If You Get Charged

Do not speak to police officers or investigators or consent to searches until you have hired an attorney.

  • Even if a police officer tells you it is in your best interest to speak to them, understand that their job is to make an arrest.
  • Your attorney is the only one who is looking out for you. Talk to your attorney first.

Don’t have an attorney?

  • Call us and set a consultation with us immediately.
  • It is imperative to have an attorney review your case and make sure that you are aware of all your options.

We will establish a plan to protect your rights.

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Felony Crimes and Misdemeanors

Thomas Amburgey is a criminal defense lawyer that represents people in a wide and inclusive range of felony and misdemeanor accusations and charges. If you have been accused of a crime, no matter how small you believe it to be, call Thomas today and begin protecting your rights under the Constitution.

Federal Crimes

  • Computer and intellectual property crimes
  • Environmental violations and compliance
  • Export/import violations
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Privacy and cyber security
  • Procurement fraud
  • Securities, financial institution, and accounting fraud
  • Tax offenses
  • U.S. False Claims Act

Homicide & Capital Crime

Murder is one of the most serious crimes to be accused of and, if convicted, is accompanied by a life sentence, possibly without parole. Some examples of murder charges are:

  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Second-Degree Murder
  • First-Degree Murder

Weapons Offenses

Thomas Amburgey’s extensive trial experience as a prosecutor allows him to intimately understand the weaknesses of the state’s case, where their positions lie, and how to best communicate with the DA. He knows the courtroom. Through more than seventy jury trials, he’s gained an innate understanding of what is most important for putting you in the position to win.

  • felon in possession of a firearm
  • violation of conceal/carry laws
  • assault with a deadly weapon
  • illegal sale of weapons

Violent Crimes: Assault, Battery, Domestic Violence

  • Assault and Battery
  • Assault with Intent to Kill
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Domestic Violence
  • Hate Crimes
  • Sexual Assault, Rape
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder/Homicide
  • Robbery and Burglary (Breaking and Entering)
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Violation of Domestic Protective Order (Restraining Order)
  • Weapons Crimes


North Carolina law enforcement does not take DWI/DUI matters lightly and has some of the most stringent sentencing structures in the Country. If you are found to be legally intoxicated on a North Carolina highway, we firmly recommend that you seek a defense lawyer with particular experience with North Carolina DWI/DUI charges. As a former prosecutor, criminal defense attorney Thomas Amburgey is exceptionally knowledgeable of the State Court systems and the DWI/DUI process.

Larceny: Theft, Burglary, Shoplifting

  • Concealment of merchandise in a store
  • Felony larceny of motor vehicle parts
  • Larceny of gasoline at a service station
  • Receiving or possessing stolen goods
  • Removal of a shopping cart from store premises

Sex Crimes: Child Abuse, Child Pornography, Rape

  • Abuse and Sexual Assault
  • Indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious conduct
  • Indecent liberties with a juvenile
  • Internet Sex Crimes
  • Molestation
  • Pimping, pandering, and prostitution
  • Rape and Date Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Statutory rape (sex with a minor)

Probation Violations

  • Failing to report to a probation officer
  • Missing curfew
  • Testing positive for alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to pay fines or restitution
  • New charges

Student Offenses

  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • DWI and DWI under 21
  • Fake ID possession
  • Underage possession of alcohol
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute or for personal use
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Prescription Drug Charges
  • Sexual assault or battery

Drug Crimes: Possession, Trafficking, Manufacture & Cultivation

White Collar Crime: Fraud, Embezzlement, Money Laundering