On February 1, 2023, David Hummel was named Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to his assignment as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, he served as the Legal Chief of the Investigative Division. In this role, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was responsible for overseeing the Investigative Units in the Prosecutor’s Office including; the Homicide, Major Crimes, Special Prosecutions, Special Victims and Domestic Violence Units. In this capacity he also served as the Legal Advisor for the Professional Standards Unit and was the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Brady/Giglio liaison. Assistant Prosecutor Hummel served in this position from July 2019 until assuming the Deputy First Assistant Position.
Assistant Prosecutor Hummel has been employed as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office since 2000 and has been assigned to the Trial Team where he has been the Deputy Trial Supervisor since 2015 which held responsibilities of supervising the other Assistant Prosecutors assigned to the team, screening all cases prior to assignment, reviewing plea offers, indictments, Graves and Nera Waivers, and consulting on all aspects of cases including trial preparation and strategy.
Prior to the assignment of Deputy Trial Supervisor Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was assigned to the Special Victims Unit, formerly the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Units, where he served as the Deputy Director since September of 2012. In that assignment, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel supervised the other Assistant Prosecutors assigned to the Unit, prosecuted allegations of sexual abuse, and taught various classes to local law enforcement officers regarding sexual abuse. Assistant Prosecutor Hummel began working in the Child Abuse Unit in 2005 which prosecuted cases involving physical and sexual abuse of children under thirteen years of age. In 2006, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was assigned as the Supervisor of the Sex Crimes Unit where he reviewed all allegations of sexual abuse involving adult and adolescent victims, and oversaw the daily operation of the Unit. Assistant Prosecutor Hummel served as Supervisor of the Sex Crimes Unit until September of 2012, when the Sex Crimes Unit merged with the Child Abuse Unit into the Special Victims Unit.
From July of 2012, until 2015, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel also served as the Union County Prosecutor’s Office liaison for human trafficking cases. In this capacity, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was responsible for reviewing all allegations of human trafficking and attended meetings with various State and Federal authorities to review methods to detect, prevent, and prosecute human trafficking cases.
In 2000, when Assistant Prosecutor Hummel joined the Office, he was assigned to the Appellate Unit, responsible for writing briefs and arguing various motions, including motions to suppress and municipal appeals. In 2001, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit handling criminal offenses involving the violation of domestic violence restraining orders. In 2002, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was transferred to the Juvenile Unit where he conducted daily Court appearances on all aspects of juvenile cases including trials, detention reviews and waiver hearings. In September of 2002, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel was assigned to the Trial Team where he remained until he was transferred to the Child Abuse Unit in 2005. During the time on the Trial Team, Assistant Prosecutor Hummel prosecuted numerous cases including trials for various offenses, including homicide, robbery, and distribution of narcotics.
Prior employment- law clerk Honorable Rudolph N. Hawkins, Family Division, Union County Superior Court.