If you find yourself being harassed by a person who resides in another state, you can obtain restraining orders to protect yourself. Every state and the District of Columbia have laws that provide for restraining orders to protect you from harassment and abusive conduct by another person. However, the orders will have to be issued by the court having jurisdiction over the person committing the harassment. The proper court for jurisdiction will be the court in the county where the person resides. Once the orders are made, you can register the order in your state and make them available on a nationwide law enforcement database.
How to File a Restraining Order Across State Lines
Locate the nearest state court in the county where the person against whom you'd like to file the order resides. The city designated as the "county seat" will have a court; depending on the size of the county, there may also be branch courts within the county.
Obtain the required forms to request a restraining order from the clerk's office for the court you located. Many courts have Web sites that provide these forms via download. You can also obtain them by mail from the clerk's office by sending a written request with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Complete the forms obtained from the clerk's office with the required information about your restraining order and the person who is harassing you.
File the completed forms with the clerk's office. You can also do this by mail so long as you also submit copies of the forms for confirming, which will be file-stamped with the date of filing and the hearing date set for your request for restraining orders.
Make copies of the documents you received from the clerk's office and serve a copy of all documents on the person against whom you are requesting the orders. You must have it done by the county sheriff or a private process server.
Attend the court hearing set by the clerk's office. This is your opportunity to confirm to the judge the information in your paperwork and provide any additional information required by the judge to make the restraining orders.
Get two certified copies of the restraining orders made by the court. Deliver one copy to the police department near where you live and the other copy to the police department near the harasser's residence. Make sure to request that it be entered on the National Crime Information Center registry (NCIC).