About us

When facing criminal charges, the possibility of a criminal record, prison, jail, large fines and/or probation are all frightening prospects. Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is among the most important decisions you will make. You need to be confident that your attorney will faithfully act in your best interests and provide you with all of the information you need in order to make educated decisions.

When choosing a lawyer, do not be persuaded by promises or exaggerations of success. Likewise, do not be dismayed by forecasts of impending doom. We believe that you hire us to give you upfront, honest, and realistic advice. Every criminal case presents a unique set of facts and potential consequences. When you hire Ascheman & Smith, we will listen to you and tailor your defense to your individual circumstances.

A lawyer is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Landon Ascheman
Is licensed to practice law in  Minnesota. He concentrates mainly in the areas of Criminal Defense and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Landon graduated from Minnesota State University of Moorhead in 2006, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He received his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law, in May 2009.

Before co-founding Ascheman & Smith, Landon was a certified student attorney in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. He worked with many divisions, including: Adult Violent Crimes; Juvenile; Drug and Property; and the Domestic Abuse Service Center. While working for Hennepin County, Landon appeared on behalf of the state in hundreds of cases. He preformed extensive work in the areas of DWI and Domestic Assault.  Landon was also a certified student attorney for the Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office, and the St. Louis Park City Attorney.

Prior to entering the legal world, Landon was an Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Navy and the Minnesota Army National Guard. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

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Grant Smith
Is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, and in the process of becoming licensed in Minnesota. He concentrates in the area of Criminal Defense.

Grant graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2006, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Spanish and International Studies. He received his Juris Doctorate from William College of Law, in May 2009. While at William Mitchell, Grant was a research assistant, examining the associational rights of children. Grant also received a CALI Award of Excellence in his Criminal Appeals Clinic.

Before co-founding Ascheman & Smith, Grant was a law clerk for a solo criminal defense attorney.  He assisted with trial preparation for clients charged with major felonies in state and federal court. He was also a certified student attorney for the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis, where he assisted people facing criminal charges who were unable to afford an attorney.

Prior to entering the legal world, Grant has worked as a Campaign Manager and Field Organizer in the political arena.

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