Q- Questioned Documents:
Questioned Documents is an area of the law where a forensic document expert analyses questioned documents. Cases involve any type of questioned document.
Some examples of questioned documents cases:
Threatening or harassing letters
All Financial documents
An expert might examine a questioned document to determine whether or not the document is actually what it purports to be or if it is a fake. An expert might examine a document to determine if a specific person authored or wrote the words.
Another area of questioned documents involves analyzing a document for the presence of indented impressions of handwriting. This occurs when a notebook or notepad is discovered, but the page in question has been torn off or removed. The expert can often determine the original content from the imprint left on the pad.
Questioned Document Experts can also determine what type of ink was used in a document and when that type of ink or ink pen was manufactured.
In our Crime Fiction Murder Mystery, you may remember that the police found a note allegedly left by the victim's husband, telling the victim not to wait up for him that he was playing basketball. Detective Coker thought this quite odd, since Thomas Clinton claims he never went home after work on the day his wife was killed. Detective Coker sent the note to the crime lab for analysis by a questioned document expert and it turns out that Thomas Clinton did not author the note left for his wife that had his signature as the author.