In order to keep “junk science” out of the courts, the courts require expert witnesses to offer opinions that are supported by sound scientific evidence. The forensic document examiner is prepared to answer the question, “Why I believe this is true.” In order to discover how a document has been altered, or created,
Gary examines each document by using a combination of: HDR UVIR ) Ultraviolet Infrared Full Spectrum Camera, and ComputerSoftware Programs that can analyze for manipulation and editing alterations in the document or writing.
The majority of people including Forensic Document Examiners, Attorneys and Judges all believe that if a "SIGNATURE IS SIGNEDBLUE INK THEN IT MUST BE GENUINE" ... "This could not be further from the truth". With Photoshop and related Software it is very easy to create fake documents that are claimed to be genuine, However the majority are all fake.
The use of Handwriting Analysis is a very good Scientific Method to Identify the writer. However, it is useless because it can not tell you of it has been Digitally Cut & Pasted onto a Template Document using Photoshop or a related computer Software.
We can examine and offer written opinions on a variety of disputed document problems including: Foreclosure Documents, Wills, Quit Claim Deeds, Medical Records, income tax records, time sheets, contracts, loan agreements, election petitions, checks, and anonymous letters.
Attorneys benefit from our specialized knowledge. This knowledge will assist the Attorney in preparing meaningful direct examination questions for their own experts and cross-examination questions for opposing experts. As the scientific methods become more sophisticated it is getting more and more difficult to get-away with fraud.
We will collect enough Exhibits of Documents and Samples to determine the variability of the known writing. Using measurements, the document examiner determines whether the questioned writing falls within the range of the samples of known writing. This information cannot be determined with a simple visual inspection.
Each time a person writes, the letters and words are formed a little differently. The writer of a questioned documents can be eliminated only when enough samples of the subject’s writing are collected for the handwriting analyst to learn these differences. This is why the document examiner will ask a client for as many examples of the person’s known writing as possible. Original documents are always better than photocopies. Original documents show all of the details, especially with handwriting. Photocopies have inherent distortion and stray marks on the page. The black copier toner obscures important details of the document.