Criminal Defense Attorney

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.

Bar Admissions

  • 2006 State Bar of California


Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
BA - Bachelor of Arts - 2002
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
JD - Juris Doctor - 2005

Career Highlights

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 - Martindale-Hubbell - 2017


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