Each case is unique. Prior to the submission of any document, the relevant facts, types of examinations, collection of exemplars and procedure for submitting items will be discussed.
Questioned signatures, cursive text, printed text, numerals and initials may be examined to identify or eliminate a writer.
In addition to handwriting and signature comparisons a complete examination may require physical examinations of the document itself. The tests conducted will depend, to a large extent, on the nature of the document and the circumstances surrounding the investigation. Examinations of the entire document may include:
- obliterations and erasures
- interlineations and page substitutions
- indented writing impressions and faded writing
- typewriting and machine printing (copiers and faxes)
- paper, watermarks and security features
- fracture matches and tool marks
- inks and writing instruments
- stamp impressions
- latent fingerprints
Evidential documents that are unavailable for submission (e.g., originals in possession of another party or agency) may be examined and photographed off premises.
Reports and Testimony:
Oral or written reports, affidavits, demonstrative charts, pretrial conference and expert testimony are provided as required.