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People v. Betterton-Fike.

No. 18PDJ043. 3/15/2020. Opinion on Remand Imposing Sanctions—Attorney Suspended.

January 2021

On remand from the Colorado Supreme Court, a hearing board suspended W. Bradley Betterton-Fike (attorney registration number 36250) for eight months, with the requirement that he seek reinstatement, if at all, under CRCP 251.29(c). Betterton-Fike appealed the hearing board’s opinion on remand; the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed without opinion on November 2, 2020. Betterton-Fike’s suspension took effect on December 18, 2020. To be reinstated, Betterton-Fike must prove by clear and convincing evidence that he has been rehabilitated, has complied with disciplinary orders and rules, and is fit to practice law.

Betterton-Fike assaulted his wife in their marital bedroom when he spat in her face and punched her multiple times in the arm, leading to his criminal assault conviction. Betterton-Fike thereby violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b) (it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects).

The case file is public per CRCP 251.31.

Official Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge proceedings can be found at the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge website.

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