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Steel Law Group

You don't need to go through this alone.

No matter how serious your charges, our criminal lawyers have the experience and proven track record to mitigate and potentially eliminate your legal issues. With a former prosecutor by your side you can feel confident you have the experience needed to get you through your criminal matter.

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Criminal Defense Attorney with Proven Results

Recent DUI Case

"I cannot thank Steel Law Group enough for getting my case dismissed I will always recommend them." Phil M.

Recent Drug Charge

They were responsive to my phone calls AND TEXT messages. I love having that kind of access to my lawyer. Thanks again.

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

Finding the right lawyer to defend you is essential, for the truth is that not all attorneys are equal in terms of experience, knowledge and ability. And you certainly want to make sure that your choice is a good one. If you are going to look at one quality to consider when making that choice, look for a criminal defense lawyer with experience and a proven track record defending the type of crime with which you are charged. The fact that an attorney has passed the bar exam and has been admitted to practice law in California is not an indication that he or she knows how best to defend the charges you are now facing. Past experience, and past results, are not a guarantee of future success; yet they are the qualities that will provide you with the greatest chance of a successful defense of your case, and allow you to move on with your life.

Ryan Tegnelia, founder of the Steel Law Group, has specialized for years as a criminal defense attorney. In addition, he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney, where he prosecuted criminal cases of all sorts, from misdemeanors to felonies. As a prosecutor, Ryan was intimately involved in the development of criminal cases from the beginning. He knows how law enforcement operates, and how cases are developed. Now, as a defense lawyer, that same knowledge puts him in the unique position of being able to spot and develop weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

If you are wondering how to deal with the charges now pending against you, Ryan and his team are only a phone call away.

Experience Defending a DUI Cases and a Wide Range of Criminal Charges

Whether you are facing a charge of driving under the influence, or another criminal offense, the Steel Law Group has the experience to provide you with a successful defense. That experience includes defending criminal charges, in state and federal court, ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, including homicide and other violent crimes, embezzlement, white collar fraud, bad checks, credit card crimes, identity theft, fraud involving real estate. We have taken criminal cases to trial, and we have won verdicts of not guilty. Here are some of the specific areas of our criminal practice:

Have you been arrested and charged with a crime? Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of the criminal justice system. Choose the law firm whose attorneys will fight for your rights from beginning to end. We have the experience, knowledge and dedication to provide you with the best chance of a dismissal, reduced charges or a not guilty verdict. People are arrested on a regular basis in San Diego and throughout California who have violated no laws, and whose only offense may have been, for example, finding themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Others are falsely accused in a variety of circumstances.

At the Steel Law Group, we know that you are innocent until proven guilty. And you are entitled to the best legal counsel available in order to defend yourself against the charges against you, charges which likely threaten your freedom and your entire way of life. The government’s resources are substantial, and without a winning team on your side, there is simply no way to level the playing field. The attorneys at the Steel Law Group have the qualities you want in your criminal defense team. Experience and an aggressive defense are essential, and that is precisely what we provide.

Whether you are facing a DUI, a misdemeanor charge, a felony, or even if you are simply the subject of a criminal investigation, call us today to see how we can make a difference in your case.


Charges of drunk driving and drugged driving are becoming more and more common each year.  And the penalties can be life-altering, including jail time, loss of license, thousands of dollars in fines, and sometimes even felony charges.  Call us if you’ve been arrested for DUI.  We understand how police mistakes can result in charges against innocent people.

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We represent clients charged with simple shoplifting, felony theft, and everything in between.  Our experience includes defending related offenses such as burglary and robbery.

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Drug Crimes

Our drug crimes practice includes defending clients charged with illegal possession of drugs, possession of drugs for sale, and trafficking in narcotics, marijuana, prescription drugs and other controlled substances.  We are also fully familiar with alternative sentencing that can spare you jail or prison time.

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Gun Crimes

Illegal possession or use of guns and other weapons is a serious offense in California.  Gun possession in the course of the commission of a crime can lead to sentencing enhancements, and this could greatly increase the severity of the penalty if you are convicted.  Protect yourself by retaining a lawyer who knows how to defend cases involving firearms.

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Violent Crimes

From simple assault to murder, we represent clients charged with violent crimes.  Innocent people, whether through mistake, misidentification, or other reasons, are regularly charged with these offenses.  Our law firm is committed to providing our clients with the best defense available.

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If you, or your son or daughter, is facing a juvenile charge, you need an attorney who understands the juvenile justice system.

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Internet Crimes

This is a specialized area that is being prosecuted more vigorously as the use and potential abuse of the internet expands.  It can involve identity theft, credit card theft, harassment, and numerous other charges.

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Domestic Violence

These cases require an experienced attorney who understands that many who are arrested for domestic violence have been falsely accused, sometimes as the result of a spouse or partner attempting to vent their anger, and sometimes to gain the upper hand in a financial or custody dispute.

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Probation Violations

Even though you may not be incarcerated, you are still at risk if you are on probation or parole, and you are violated.  We understand how to protect you in the face of a charge by your parole or probation officer.

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Sex Crimes

These are some of the most difficult charges to face, and they require the services of an experienced criminal attorney.  In addition to harsh penalties, most sex crime convictions carry with them the requirement of lifetime registration as a sex offender.

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White Collar

Our experience ranges from credit card fraud, to real estate fraud, investor fraud, bad checks and a variety of financial crimes.  It includes charges in both federal and state courts.  A conviction for a white collar crime can lead to significant jail or prison time, and the law firm you choose can make all the difference.

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We defend a wide range of criminal cases.  Call us today and ask us about defending you against the charges you are now facing.

Affordable Payment Plans are Available

You are up against a criminal charge with serious consequences, one that has likely shaken the foundation of your life.  You want the very best in legal representation, but are probably wondering how you can afford it.  The Steel Law Group understands your predicament, and we are ready to
assist.  Contact us to discuss the available options, including a payment plan tailored specifically to your circumstances.

Contact A San Diego Criminal Lawyer for a Free Consultation

At the Steel Law Group, your initial consultation is always free.  This will give us a chance to get to know each other, and you will be able to explain your situation in your own words.  We will provide you with an intelligent blueprint to get started on your case.  We will then investigate the facts, including the evidence in the hands of the prosecutor, and conduct whatever additional interviews and discovery are called for.  We will then sit down with you and provide you with an intelligent strategy for your defense, and we will do so in language you can understand.  During the course of our representation, your interests come first, and you will be treated with the dignity and respect you deserve, regardless of the nature of the charges against you.

If you are facing a criminal charge, or if you are under investigation by law enforcement, don’t delay.  Contact us today 619-338-0022

Steel Law Group

109 W. C. Street, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-338-0022

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