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Hogan Ganschow

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Hogan

Learn Hogan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    General criminal defense, including but not limited to domestic offenses, drug offenses, and crimes against law enforcement. Misdemeanors and felonies. Motions and appeals.

  2. DUI and DWI
    DUI defense including DUI drugs, DUI alcohol, and DUI cannabis, and combinations of the three.

  3. Violent crime
    Cases involving physical violence on persons, including domestic offenses, crimes against law enforcement. Crimes involving destruction of personal or public property such as graffiti and other forms of vandalism.

  4. Domestic violence
    Cases involving misdemeanor or felony domestic violence.

  5. Expungement
    Motions to expunge misdemeanors and infractions. Motions to terminate probation and reduce felonies to misdemeanors.

  6. White collar crime
    Cases involving financial crimes, or crimes related to fraud.

  7. Juvenile law
    Cases involving juvenile clients, including misdemeanors and felonies.

  8. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Court appearances and court trials for minor infractions.

I am a second-generation criminal defense attorney, the son of two career public defenders, with over eight years experience myself as a public defender in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. I believe in treating my clients with respect, listening to their story without judgment, protecting their rights, and fighting for the best possible outcome in their case. I understand that no two clients are the same, and no case deserves a cookie cutter treatment. Clients who have the best information are empowered to make the best decisions, and I make it my mission to lay out the process, the evidence, and the law for my clients in a non-threatening way so they can feel confident in the direction and resolution of their case. I pride myself in being able to understand and relate difficult scientific concepts to juries, and I love the challenge of developing expertise in an new area of science or law.

In addition to my work as a criminal defense attorney, I assist clients in civil negotiations when they need someone to organize and present a case on their behalf. Through practice, I have become a versatile attorney that can quickly get up to speed on unorthodox cases with novel issues. 

When I am not in trial or representing clients in negotations, I am helping organizing local activism events. I assist large public marches and activists doing direct action by acting as a negotiator between activists and police. As an activist myself, I am constantly in contact with law enforcement negotiating on my own behalf and on the behalf of my comrades, and I instruct activist groups around the country on how to assert their Constitutional rights effectively.

I am an animal lover. I rescue and foster cats, and I assist and advise those looking to help rescue animals of all species.

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Law Office of Hogan Ganschow
1032 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101


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Posted by Joaquin | March 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great criminal defender!
I have known Mr. Ganschow for about 7 years. I have seen him argue difficult cases at jury trial and have always been impressed with his intelligence and passion. His work shows that he really cares about his clients. I would fully recommend his services to anyone in need of a good criminal defense attorney.
Posted by Rafael | February 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Hogan guided and helped me to solve my DUI case, despite i live in Brazil. Even though i live in another country, he was always helpful. He solved mt case very fast and he was so efficient. I really appreciate his honesty and his excellent work.
Posted by Esme | February 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I've worked with!
I worked with Hogan regarding a business legal issue and he was so helpful. He was patient, efficient and very accommodating. I would literally have not have been able to complete those documents without him. The whole experience was smooth and so much less stressful than I anticipated. I'll definitely be reaching out to him with any legal issues that arise!
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive, Knowledgable, and Caring
Hogan answered my call immediately (one of the few attorneys to do so). He is extremely personable, knowledgeable, and genuinely caring. I had many questions/concerns and Hogan was very patient and listened attentively. He gave me excellent advice and was also very collaborative. I felt like I had his undivided attention at all times. It is evident he really cares about others, and truly goes out of his way to help them as best as he can. I am truly impressed at how above and beyond he went for me! I definitely recommend Hogan.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Efficient, Caring, Helpful Attorney
Hogan rapidly responded to my call and proceeded to spent a few days diligently looking into my concerns about CA expungements and how CA expungements are recognized in states other than CA. I have attempted to reach out to numerous attorneys regarding this specific concern, yet none bothered to get back to me (including my PD). Hogan went above and beyond, reviewing my court documents, addressing my particular concerns, and setting my mind at ease about the charges that we filed nearly seven years ago. Santa Barbara arrests way too many young, foolish college kids. If you or your young adult child find yourself in the unfortunate throes of the SB criminal legal system - hire Hogan. He has inside knowledge as a former PD with SB county, he seems to care about his clients genuinely, and he is efficient and prompt!
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Posted by Katherine G. | July 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Recommending Lawyer Hogan Ganschow
If you're looking for a great lawyer, go to Hogan Ganschow. He listened to me with a legal mind but compassionate heart and came up with a creative solution to my problem. His consultation was better than therapy; the money I paid him was well worth it. He's downtown on Carrillo and State St., but on the second floor without an elevator.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Hogan is both professional and personable. He helped me out with some legal issues that I would not have been able to resolve without his help.
Posted by John Smith | July 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The utmost professional
Hogan helped me to resolve a personal matter from many many years ago showing the upmost professionalism and sense of urgency. I would highly recommend his office for whatever your legal needs might be.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2015
Professional and Personable
Hogan was assigned to me through the public defenders office of Santa Barbara. He listened to me attentively, provided great advice, and encouraged me to make my own decisions on the matter. He fought for me in my case and owe him more than I can ever pay him. He is a good man and a great lawyer.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Hogan Ganschow
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Ventura Public Defender's Office
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Santa Barbara Public Defender
  • 2009 - 2015


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • People v. Padilla
  • Not guilty


  • Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Direct Action Everywhere Forum
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Hogan and I would battle it out over various criminal cases when I used to practice in Santa Barbara. While we (often) did not see eye to eye, we always had respect for one another. I knew he was worth his salt since I would often find myself working extra hours either in preparation to face him, or in an effort to rebut his arguments. Hogan is a hardworking and passionate advocate for his beliefs and his clients. I would trust him to fight my battles any day."
Trademark application Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of communicating and meeting with Hogan on occasion to discuss various matters in IP. He's been diligent and conscientious in his approach to legal work. For long term matters like litigation, I would trust that Hogan will be easy to work with and that he will pursue the matter with care and professionalism. For these reasons, I endorse Hogan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"An exceptional litigator who goes above and beyond for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hogan has the traits that make him a great lawyer. I had the pleasure to practice criminal defense with Hogan at the Santa Barbara Public Defender's Office, where I personally observed him interact with clients and litigate cases in court. He is orally articulate, has good written communication skills and is also a good listener. He can write clearly, persuasively and concisely. He has great judgment and is able to draw reasonable and logical conclusions to solve problems. He is not only logical and analytical, but also displays a great deal of creativity in his problem solving. He is personable, persuasive and reads others well. Hogan cares about his clients and takes pride in giving his clients the time they deserve. He advocates zealously for his clients, he is dedicated to the practice of law, and practices law in an ethical manner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hogan and I first met while he worked with the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office. His trial skills are second to none. He also worked with the Ventura County Public Defender's Office and developed an equally impressive reputation as an effective Defender in that court. If you are in need of a skillful lawyer to defend against criminal charges, Hogan is a great choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend and endorse Hogan Ganschow as a criminal defense attorney. Several years ago, he was the opposing public defender and I was the deputy district attorney on a domestic violence case. During the jury trial, Hogan demonstrated excellent advocacy for his client. He knows the law and he is committed to obtaining the best outcome for his clients."
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Hogan Ganschow
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 15 years
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