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A former prosecutor, Mr. Tegnelia has represented clients charged with a wide variety of criminal offenses in California. Prior to founding  RJT Criminal Defense, 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


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



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Megan Elizabeth Scafiddi

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tegnelia is both knowledge and passionate about his clients and the law. I would highly reccommend Mr. Tegnelia!


    Megan Scafiddi Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Hector Jesus Tamayo

    Skilled negotiator and tenacious litigator Ryan Tegnelia has few that can compare to his ability and knowledge. He is an aggressive and highly skilled criminal defense attorney with the know how that helps him achieve positive results for his clients. He is a true credit to the legal community. I unconditionally endorse this lawyer.


    Hector Tamayo Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Ryan J. Tegnelia, APC

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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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
American Bar AssociationN/A2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2015 - Present
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