How to Check a Restraining Order in Texas

By Karina C. Hernandez - Updated April 28, 2017

You can check on a restraining order in Texas by phone, email or online through various law enforcement websites. You can also use a victim notification service through third parties if you are not the restrained party. In Texas, a restraining order is known as a protective order. A temporary protective order can last up to 20 days, and a general protective order can last up to two years.

Courts and Law Enforcement Agencies Work Together

The restrained party, or respondent, receives information about a restraining order by being served with a court order, often at home or at the person's place of work. If you have a restraining order against someone, you can check with the court that issued the order or with the law enforcement agency that is being used to enforce the order. A respondent can also check with the court clerk or law enforcement. Court clerks submit protective order information to the Texas Crime Information Center, a law enforcement database, which the police or sheriffs also access. Law enforcement agencies vary in the resources they offer to obtain protective order information, but in general, you can visit, call or email agencies to get information about protective orders if you are a party to one.

Victim Notification Services

Victim Information and Notification Everyday, or VINE, is a network that notifies registered victims of case information, including restraining orders. The free service allows you to check the case online, receive text messages and email notifications about changes in the case or the offender's status. The Houston Police Department and the El Paso County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, among others, are partnered with VINE.

The Texas Statewide Automated Victim Notification System, or SAVNS, is a free, anonymous telephone service that allows victims, their families and concerned citizens to get offender information, such as custody status and related case information.The statewide toll-free telephone number is 877-TX4-VINE.

About the Author

Karina C. Hernandez is a licensed real estate agent since 2004 in San Diego. She has written legal articles pertaining to housing and real estate for multiple internet channels over the past 10 years. She has a B.A. in English from UCLA.

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