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Ryan James Tegnelia

Ryan James Tegnelia

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

A former prosecutor, Mr. Tegnelia has represented clients charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses in California. Prior to joining SLG Criminal Law Group, Ryan was employed by the largest consumer and criminal law firm in southern California. He has defended hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Riverside. His experience extends to both state and federal court, and includes defense of drug crimes (possession and sale), assault (including assault with a deadly weapon), attempted murder, sexual assault and financial (white collar) crimes (including, credit card fraud, check fraud, real estate fraud and identity theft).

Mr. Tegnelia is a 2005 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. In addition to his membership in the State Bar of California and the San Diego Bar Association, he is admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    9 years, 400 cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    9 years, 600 cases



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

  • Michael Larson Stuart

    As a former prosecutor, Ryan Tegnalia has a thorough understanding of both sides of the criminal process. Mr. Tegnalia and I worked together at our old law firm briefly, and I was very comfortable in handing over my caseload to him upon my departure from the firm. I was assured that all of my old clients would get the very best criminal defense representation. I would recommend anyone to hire Attorney Tegnalia for their criminal defense matter.


    Michael Stuart Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tomas Michael Flores

    Ryan Tegnelia is one of the most competent and aggressive criminal attorneys I have ever seen in the courtroom. His ability to articulate his position is only outweighed by his ability to sway a jury. I would recommend securing his legal services while they are still available before he is appointed to the bench.


    Tomas Flores Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Ryan J. Tegnelia, APC

2820 Camino Del Rio South
Suite 110
San Diego, CA, 92108



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerRJT Criminal Defense2009 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyTulare County District Attorney2006 - 2009
Summer AssociateSan Diego County Public Defender's Office2004 - 2004
Summer AssociateSan Diego County Alternate Public Defender's Office2004 - 2004
Summer AssociateSan Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program2003 - 2003

Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationN/A2009 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Sexual AssaultNot Guilty by Jury
Assault with a Deadly Weapon as a StrikePlead to an infraction
Driving Under the InfluenceNot Guilty by Jury

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Arizona State UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors2002

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
National Mock Trial AssociationJudge of Opening Rounds2015

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