Experienced San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

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Don’t leave your case, or your future, to chance. Contact RJT Criminal Defense and find out what we can do for you.

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San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers

Are you facing criminal charges in greater San Diego and looking for answers?  Whether you’ve been arrested for DUI, assault, fraud, drugs, theft, or another offense, the attorneys at RJT Criminal Defense can help.  Founder Ryan J. Tegnelia is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, and he understands what it takes to provide you with the best chance of a dismissal, a reduction in the charges against you, or a not guilty verdict.

The fact is that when charges are formulated by the police and the prosecutors, they have significant leeway in identifying what laws you’ll be charged under.  A simple shoplifting charge, for example, could wind up as a burglary case.  The penalties, as wells as the availability of alternative sentencing, vary greatly from case to case, even where the underlying facts are essentially the same.  This is where experience, reputation, and negotiation come into play, and having the right lawyer at your side can make all the difference when it comes to reining in excessive charges and penalties.

Don’t leave your case, or your future, to chance.  Contact RJT Criminal Defense and find out what we can do for you.

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Experience, Honesty, Dedication

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Being charged with a crime carries with it more than enough fear and anxiety.  You don’t want to add additional insecurity over the way you will be represented by your attorney.  At RJT Criminal Defense, we will listen to what you have to say about your case, review all the facts, and provide you with an honest and straightforward evaluation of where you stand.  We will also lay out in plain language a strategy for obtaining the best possible result.  We will undertake whatever investigation is appropriate, and develop evidence favorable to your defense.  We understand the plea bargain process, and we know what type of deal can be struck with the prosecutor.  And we are not afraid to take your case to trial if that provides the best alternative for you.

From beginning to end, you will be kept informed of the status of the case, and we will always place your interests first.  This means, among other things, that we will be aggressive and proactive, and take the steps necessary to place you in the best possible position for a successful result.

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Your San Diego Legal Defense Team

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Ryan Tegnelia

Criminal Defense Attorney /Owner

A former prosecutor, Mr. Tegnelia has represented clients charged with a wide variety of criminal…

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Josh Vargas

Executive Director

Mr. Vargas has been working at criminal defense firms for the last 14 years.  He…

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Tanya Hauck

Paralegal

Tanya Hauck has been a paralegal for more than 11 years and has spent the…

Practice Areas

Our practice covers numerous areas of the criminal law, including the following:

DUI
With law enforcement personnel concentrating more and more on drunk driving and drugged driving, traffic stops and arrests for driving under the influence are on the rise.  Penalties are harsh, even for a first offender.  In some cases, additional factors could lead to a felony charge.  An experienced DUI lawyer will challenge the evidence against you, and provide you with the best chance of a successful defense. Learn more...
Drugs
Drug crimes range from simple possession to trafficking, and the penalties increase as the particular drug offense becomes more serious in the eyes of the law.  Your attorney must know the laws relating to different drugs and different offenses.  Alternative disposition and alternative sentencing may be available. Learn more...
Assault, Battery & Other Violent Crimes
Assault is one of the more common criminal charges in San Diego.  As with other violent crimes, charges range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending upon the specifics of the case.  We also represent clients charged with many other violent crimes, including battery, kidnapping, homicide, violent sex crimes, robbery, and others. Learn more...
Weapons
Weapons charges include illegal possession of a firearm (prohibited possessors, for example), carrying violations (concealed weapon without a permit, loaded firearms, etc.), illegal sale of guns, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, among others.  Penalties are stiff, and sentencing enhancements may apply in certain cases. Learn more...
Domestic Violence
Mistakes are often made in domestic violence cases, resulting in the wrong person being arrested.  DV charges are sometimes used by one spouse as leverage in a financial or custody dispute.  Your attorney must be able to bring out the truth in your case. Learn more...
Sex Crimes
This covers a wide array of offenses, among them indecent exposure, “lewd acts”, rape, sexual battery, prostitution, solicitation, and pimping.  These are in addition to the numerous sex crimes involving children.  All of these are treated harshly by the criminal justice system, and in many cases a conviction will include a requirement of lifetime registration as a sex offender.  Make sure your attorney has the skills and experience to present the best possible defense in your case. Learn more...
Internet Crimes
Many of these offenses are financial crimes, such as credit card fraud and identity theft.  But this category also includes internet stalking, child pornography, and additional crimes.  Classification of these offenses ranges from misdemeanors to felonies, and it is important that your lawyer have the technical knowledge to ensure that your defense strategy is accurate and complete. Learn more...
Fraud & White Collar Crimes
Many of these offenses are financial crimes, such as credit card fraud and identity theft.  But this category also includes internet stalking, child pornography, and additional crimes.  Classification of these offenses ranges from misdemeanors to felonies, and it is important that your lawyer have the technical knowledge to ensure that your defense strategy is accurate and complete. Learn more...
Probation & Parole
Probation and parole are not the same, but a violation in either case could land you back in jail or prison.  If you have been violated, or if you believe you may be unable to meet the conditions imposed on you, contact an experienced criminal attorney as quickly as possible.
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If you are facing any criminal charge, the potential consequences can be enormous.  These are serious matters, and at RJT Criminal Defense, we can help.  Call Ryan J. Tegnelia today to schedule a free consultation.

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