Multi-Faceted Document Examiners

Many times a complete analysis of a questioned document demands the application of more than one type of scientific examination. When a document or documents are submitted for analysis, our document examiners perform an objective and exhaustive analysis utilizing all aspects of their forensic experience and training and the extensive resources of the laboratory. As a result, your case will be given the comprehensive examination you would expect from a state of the art forensic laboratory.
Examples of documents that may require a Multi-Faceted Examination:
  • Contracts
  • Wills
  • Medical Records & Hospital Charts
  • Legal Files
  • Diaries
  • Agendas
  • Ledgers
  • Logs
  • Time Sheets
  • Business/Professional Notes
Types of examinations that may be performed:
  • Forensic Handwriting Examination
  • Ultraviolet (UV) / Infrared (IR) analysis
  • Detection of Indented writing
  • Analysis of incidental marks
  • Photocopier examination
  • Microscopy
  • Paper Examination
  • Typewriting analysis
  • * DNA testing
  • * Fingerprinting
  • * Chemical ink analysis
  • Printing Process Identification
  • Digitization and computer software assisted
Traditional and digital Microscopy can be utilized to investigate the following aspects of a questioned document:
  • Paper substrate
  • Printing Technologies (laser, ink jet, typewriter, offset, etc.)
  • Bindings, staples, staple holes, paper clip markings
  • Incidental marks, stains, damage found on a document
  • Ink color and ink line morphology
  • Writing instrument identification
Non-destructive Ultraviolet (UV) / Infrared (IR) exams can be used for:
  • Paper substrate analysis
  • Ink analysis and ink differentiation
  • Decipherment of obliterations
  • Detection of alterations
  • Detection of insertions
  • Analysis of stains on a document
  • Detection of security features
  • Decipherment of charred documents
A specialized non-destructive instrument called an "Electrostatic Detection Device" is used to detect the presence of non-visible indentations or impressions found on the surface of a document. Indentation analysis may address issues such as:
  • Determining writings was executed at different times
  • Order or execution of writings
  • Page removal and/or page substitutions
  • Backdating of a document
  • Detection of incidental writing or marks

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