Questioned Documents Section (Austin only)

The Questioned Documents (QD) Section examines original handwriting specimens from a variety of crimes, including but not limited to forgeries, suicide/homicide, threatening correspondence, fraudulent documents, sexual assault, etc. Other types of analysis include: typewriter examination (paper fiber transfer, wear patterns, and fracture patterns), photocopier comparisons, and ink comparisons (both destructive and non-destructive), rubber stamp comparison, trash bag comparisons, latent writing restoration, and obliteration restoration. All questioned QD exhibits must be accompanied by known standards (or exemplars).


ATTENTION – For information regarding the collection/handling of evidence, and other considerations in this discipline, please refer to the Physical Evidence Handbook for specific instructions.

Digital/Multimedia Evidence Computer Forensic Analysis is also performed in the section and involves the recovery or extraction of data from computers and digital storage media.