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 throughout California, including handling cases in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Tulare, Fresno, and Sutter counties. His experience extends to both state and federal court, and includes defense of drug crimes (possession, production, and sale), murder, attempted murder, crimes involving children, 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.