This can take a lot of work, but it is required.
- You should start with any friends or family who may have information.
- What leads do you have?
- Where does the accused work?
- If you have a good work address, this may be adequate.
- Check public records, such as criminal and civil dockets in the clerk's office.
- If you can get a landline telephone number you may be able to cross reference the number to a street address, such as through the Haines Directory.
- There are also reverse phone directory services on the Internet. You enter a telephone number, and if the number is published, an address will be displayed. See for instance, The Reverse Phone Directory.
The law requires that the accused be given due process notice of this proceeding. The duty to provide the correct address information lies with the accuser. If a valid address cannot be provided, the case cannot be set for a hearing until a valid address is provided. If the case is set for a hearing and the mail notice is returned as undeliverable, then the case will be dismissed. The accuser can re-apply once a new valid address has been obtained and submitted to the court.