John Ceretto II states he has considered courtrooms from the two the defense and prosecutors’ tables. And to him, which is a vital qualification for becoming Niagara County’s upcoming district lawyer.
“I am on the legal defense aspect proper now,” he explained. “But I have been a prosecutor and I think which is what makes a good prosecutor, being on both sides of the court.”
The Lewiston native enters the normal election as the endorsed Democratic and Operating Households Get together prospect for DA.
Just after graduating from Buffalo State University, Ceretto acquired his law degree from Western Michigan College Legislation College. He interned in the chambers of New York Condition Supreme Court docket Justice Frank Caruso and, in December 2013, was hired as an assistant Niagara County district lawyer by then-DA Michael Violante.
For five decades, Ceretto taken care of cases in the the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda city courts and prosecuted prison issues in the city courts of Niagara, Porter, Wheatfield, Newfane and Wilson.
In 2018, he returned to private apply, hunting to broaden his legal information.
“I understood prison law,” Ceretto reported. “I expanded into relatives law, civil apply, real estate and turned a law guardian in spouse and children court docket.”
But Ceretto reported the greater part of his private apply stays in prison protection. He also claims he’d be a “fingers on” district lawyer.
“You have to have to have a palms-on solution to all the situations,” Ceretto claimed. “A DA’s philosophy is reflected in all the cases (the place of work handles).”
And, he explained, like other new district lawyers, he would not hesitate to get on and try out circumstances himself.
“Totally, if it’s required,” Ceretto claimed.
Ceretto has presently started to appear at legal justice troubles that he feels need to have consideration from the DA’s business office. He’s specially interested in reducing the county’s recidivism level.
“I believe we need to have to look at the fundamental things that lead to criminal offense,” Ceretto explained.
Immediately after losing a close good friend to opioid habit, Ceretto explained he is a supporter of the pattern of specialized courts to tackle the aspects that add to crime.
“I imagine in the remedy courts and the veterans courts,” he stated.
An liquor remedy court docket, he thinks, could enable retain folks billed with misdemeanors from heading on to dedicate felony crimes.
“I’ve noticed these things far more obviously because I grew to become a prison protection legal professional,” Ceretto said.
Ceretto pledged that he would continue on the intense chilly scenario investigations started by current District Lawyer Caroline Wojtaszek. He claimed the chilly circumstance program is critical.
“When you might be an (assistant district lawyer), you see the faces of victims and we need to aim on and allocate assets to chilly instances. It will be a precedence, an complete precedence,” he mentioned.
He also vowed to prioritize efforts to diversify the district attorney’s office environment, which just lately extra its initially minority prosecutor in yrs. He indicated that he would look to get to out to university student teams at the Point out University of New York at Buffalo Legislation University to boost minority recruitment attempts.
“It truly is a limited pool (of legal professionals) who want to do this operate,” Ceretto mentioned in discussing recruitment concerns.