Gerlach Law

Minnesota Criminal Defense & Trial Attorney

Charles Gerlach provides criminal defense services throughout Minnesota. He is a former prosecutor with 25+ years of experience and has conducted over 120 jury trials. If you are facing criminal charges, contact us for a free consultation and ensure your rights are being protected.

Meet Defense Attorney Chales Gerlach

Former District Attorney - 25 Years Experience

Charles is an experienced criminal lawyer serving greater Minnesota and the metro area. He brings 25 years of experience as a criminal prosecutor into the courtroom.

Charles knows how prosecutors think, their goals and strategies, what they intend to do, and how they will attempt to do it. He knows their strengths and weaknesses. Charles’ experience as a veteran prosecutor gives his clients the advantage and helps obtain favorable results.

He has tried approximately 120 jury trials to completion and negotiated resolutions in thousands of others. He is an expert criminal litigator, having tried numerous murders, aggravated assaults, domestic violence crimes, vulnerable adult crimes, sexual assaults, child abuse cases, and weapons crimes, juvenile delinquency.

Areas of Practice

We handle all areas of criminal law including:

Criminal Vehicular Operation/Homicide

Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under Influence DWI/DUI

Aggravated Assaults

Sexual Assault


Child Abuse

Domestic Violence

- Domestic assault
- Violations of orders protection
- Harassment/restraining orders

Vulnerable Adult Crimes

All Felonies & Misdemeanors

Weapons Offenses

- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Negligent storage of a firearm
- Reckless discharge
- Mandatory minimums

Juvenile Court

- Delinquency
- Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile
- Adult Certification

We Take Pride In Representing


Charles has experience and passion for
working with people in the LGBTQI+

Mental Health Issues

We also work with those who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other diagnoses affecting clients’ abilities to function comfortably in society. We bring compassionate representation to seek the best possible resolution.

Trial Advocacy for Attorneys

Consulting and Training for Your Law Firm

Charles is an experienced trainer and trial advocacy presenter. He can bring his experience and training skills to your firm. He is an expert in case analysis, preparation and planning, opening statements, designing a direct examination, cross-examination, including cross-examination of experts, and closing arguments.

He has taught trial advocacy for over 15 years. Charles inaugurated the Minnesota District Attorneys Association’s Trial Advocacy Course and taught for the MCAA for over a decade. Charles taught trial advocacy with the National District Attorney’s Association, the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He was also an advisory board member of the Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association.

The National District Attorneys Association in Columbia, South Carolina, trained Charles as a faculty member. He is also in the process of earning a Professional Train the Trainer Certificate from the University of Minnesota. Charles can bring the important concepts of adult learning to your firm’s leadership team.

Our Clients Testimonials

"This message is as a Dad, not necessarily as a lawyer. I wanted to thank you immensely on behalf of my family and me for the grace and empathy you have extended [my son].

Client's Father

My experience with Charles has been absolutely amazing. He answers his phone, texts back, listens to what you say and cares about me and my case.
I'm very happy with how he represented me. I'm very happy with suggesting that if you have a chance to have him as your lawyer . . . whatever it may be, you are in good hands


Chuck is extremely responsive and thorough in his approach to working with his clients. I’d highly recommend his legal services.


"Chuck-- I just wanted to thank you so very much for everything you did for me in the case in Minnesota. It means a lot that you took the time to listen, understand, and fight for me. Kindness that matters makes a difference and pushes me to keep focused on my future. I can and will move past this and be better because of your help.


Schedule Free Consultation

Meet Mr. Gerlach, have your questions answered and learn how he would protect your interests and defend you. All consultations are confidential and professional.

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