First, I apologize if this is in the wrong place, please move it if it is. Okay, so as the title says I have a bit of a law question for a short story/writing skit I'm working on. I've tried to power through it thinking I could address the problem afterwards, but~ I happened to realize that doesn't work out so well when progressing on with the story is affected by this knowledge. Now, I've watched a ton of law shows, both true crime and Hollywood flare, and I've seen this happen a few times, but I'm not sure of how possible this actually is. My question? In this short story, a young woman of 23 is attacked by two guys who had every intention of robbing her. Of course the attempt was foiled by a concerned resident who heard the noise and intervened. The cops are then called and the young lady is taken to the hospital for treatment. The lead detective on the case, named Lance, has a feeling that something else is going on besides a simple failed mugging considering the girl is badly beaten and avoids answering any questions. The investigation sort of moves on to where the two men are convicted, but the officer still isn't convinced that it's over. So he decides to check into her past. My question is, how much information can he pull up? When I first wrote the scene out (he's reflecting the information) I pretty much spilled her guts on a legal basis. Basically, if there's a file on her through the courts, system, hospital records, and child services, he pulled it up. I've seen it done on the more fictional law shows, but I don't know if that's actually possible. So I'm wondering, how much information can he get about this girl by doing a search on her? Can he basically get all the information I presented? Or is there some boundaries in the system of law that I'm not aware of? Any help is much appreciated.