Assistant Attorney General
Office of Attorney General-Division of Criminal Justice
Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Robert Czepiel has been a prosecutor at the county and state levels in New Jersey for over 24 years. Mr. Czepiel has been employed at the New Jersey Office of Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice for 16 years serving in both the Official Corruption and the Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau.
In 2016, DAG Czepiel was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Training in the Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau. His responsibilities included updating, training, and creating the curriculum for law enforcement officers and prosecutors on numerous legal courses offered by the Division of Criminal Justice, CLEAR Institute, and the New Jersey Police Training Commission. Rob lectures and teaches on such topics as Search Warrants, Warrantless Searches and Seizures, Trial Tactics, Ethics, Criminal Code, Use of Force, Conducted Energy Devices, Less Than Lethal Devices, Grand Jury Presentations, Constitutional Law, Court Testimony, Corruption Investigations and Prosecutions, Implicit Bias for Prosecutors, AG Policy Early Warning System, Officer Resiliency, Money Laundering Investigations and Prosecutions, White Collar Investigations and Prosecutions, Witness Preparation Cultural Diversity and De-Escalation; and Special Needs Population and De-Escalation. In January 2019, Rob was promoted to Chief of the Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau. His current responsibilities include coordination and oversight of the 21 County Prosecutors Offices, supersession requests, immunity petitions, CED reviews, DV Weapons Returns for State Officers, and citizen’s complaints. Rob is also the Ethics Liaison Officer for the Division of Criminal Justice. He also sits on numerous working groups, Supreme Court Committees, and The Third Circuit Committee on Eyewitness Identification on behalf of the Division of Criminal Justice. In August of 2019, Rob was appointed the Chief Resiliency Officer for the State of New Jersey. In 2020, Rob was promoted to Deputy Director at the Division of Criminal Justice. He oversees the Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau, Financial and Cyber Crimes Unit, Forfeiture Unit, and conducts Brady-Giglio reviews.
Previously, Rob was employed as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office for several years. Combined, his experience includes the prosecution of complex white collar crimes in the field of public corruption; street crimes such as homicides, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, and drug distribution cases; family matters such as domestic violence and juvenile delinquency cases; and appellate matters. Rob has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey both Law and Appellate Division(s) and the Supreme Court of New Jersey and successfully tried numerous high profile cases to verdict. He was the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Legal Support Award by the New Jersey Office of Attorney General for the trial and conviction of the former Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission for multiple counts of Official Misconduct. He is the recipient of the 2004 DCJ “Chief’s Award” for the investigation and prosecution of a former assemblyman for allegations of campaign fraud. He is a recipient of the 2013 Attorney General Award for efforts done to keep the DCJ Academy open after Hurricane Sandy. He is the recipient of the 2019 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in an Outstanding Contribution to a Special Project for the creation of the 2018 Cultural Diversity CLEAR course; 2019 Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office “PROCOPS” award for work done on the New Jersey Resiliency Program; 2019 DCJ Directors Award for Excellence in Leadership and Management.
DAG Czepiel has been adjunct professor of law at Widener University School of Law in Delaware for several years having taught white collar/corruption and served as professor/coach for several teams that competed in national trial competitions. He is also an adjunct professor at Rowan College at Burlington County, having taught law and criminal justice related courses. He has taught numerous courses at the New Jersey Attorney General Advocacy Institute in the field of trial advocacy. DAG Czepiel has also presented numerous Continuing Legal Education courses. Rob graduated from Widener Law School in Harrisburg and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1997.