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Is there a way to find out if someone has a restraining order

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Is there a way to find out if someone has a restraining order against them? A friend's ex-wife is dating a convicted felon. He has reason to believe there may be an scribe TRO against the guy due to a past relationship. How could one find out if this is the case. He currently lives in Virginia, but it's possible if there is a TRO, that it may have been issued in another state.
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The first place she can check is with the local police, since some states enter a TRO in the national domestic violence database. However, not all states enter TROs in the computer database and if the TRO was issued where they do not enter them would require you to know the state where it was entered and check with the court where it was issued. To start, it is likely the felony conviction would be from the same state where the TRO is entered so that would be a starting point and you would contact the court there to see if a TRO is entered, since that is public record and available to anyone who asks. If it is not available with the local police check that is where you would have to check next I am afraid.



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