Richard T. Picciochi is a Questioned Document Examiner with over thirty five years of experience in the New York City Police Department Crime Laboratory and in private practice. He is retired from the NYPD Forensic Investigation Division where he was a Detective, Document Examiner and the Technical Supervisor of the Questioned Document Unit. In the course of his career he has examined thousands of disputed signature, handwriting and document cases, participated in numerous high profile investigations and testified in trials including the "Zodiac" homicides and the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Mr. Picciochi possesses a background that integrates the natural sciences, forensic sciences and law enforcement investigations. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science and has received extensive specialized training in questioned document analysis by the NYPD, the FBI and the United States Secret Service.
Mr. Picciochi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) and was awarded certification upon completion of comprehensive written, practical and oral examinations. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association for Identification.
Mr. Picciochi specializes in the examination of signatures and has testified in state, federal and international courts. He will accept civil, criminal and administrative cases and offers his services to both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys.
Wendy Carlson, Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert, Court qualified in Federal, state and local courts in 16 states, Canada and the Bahamas. Regularly retained by government agencies including Dept of the Army, Dept of the Air Force, Public Defenders and Prosecutors, Police Departments, City and County Election Divisions, Private Investigators and Associations.
Ms. Carlson has examined hundreds of signatures, handwritings and case documents, and rendered opinions on cases in at least 46 states and more than a dozen foreign countries. She has also examined documents and rendered opinions in cases written in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean and Spanish writing.
Curt Baggett is the #1 handwriting expert in the USA. He is the only expert in the USA who has examined documents and/or testified in every state of the USA and over a dozen foreign countries.
A court-qualified Document Examiner Expert Witness, he is also a skilled authority in handwriting identification and has completed over 5,000 cases. Mr. Baggett has examined documents and/or testified in court cases as a handwriting expert in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Thailand and New Zealand, Korea, China, Australia and Denmark.
Mr. Baggett was a consultant as a forensic document examiner for a number one television show, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and has appeared as a handwriting expert on WOLF-BLITZER-CNN; CHARLES GIBSON-ABC, INSIDE EDITION, CBS, CNBC, FOX, JUDGE ALEX, TEXAS JUSTICE and GOOD MORNING TEXAS. Mr. Baggett is the co-author of “The Handwriting Certification Home Study Course” and "How to Spot a Forgery". He has been a guest on various other television and radio programs discussing handwriting and forensic document examination.
Mr. Baggett once held the position as Dean of the School of Forensic Document Examination at Handwriting University. In addition to lecturing and teaching document examination, Mr. Baggett has analyzed handwriting for over 30 years. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Justice of the Peace, Municipal, District, State, U.S. District, and Federal Bankruptcy Courts. Curt Baggett’s library is extensive and includes literature on questioned document examination, forensic handwriting analysis, behavior profiling, and statement analysis.
Katherine Mainolfi Koppenhaver, a Board Certified Document Examiner, has been a document examiner for the past 28 years and has testified in court and deposition over 400 times. She has an international clientele. Her book, "Attorney's Guide to Document Examination," was published by Greenwood Press in 2002. Humana Press has recently released her latest book, Forensic Document Examination, Principles and Practice.
She has a large support staff enabling her to handle cases in a timely manner.
Contact Forensic Document Examiners for:
Examination of Questioned Documents
List of 101 Places to Look for Handwriting Specimens
In the past few decades the proliferation of computer equipment has simplified the method of creating fraudulent documents. Desktop publishing is making it easy to create counterfeit documents from letters of credit to forged checks
Ths is the first textbook written specifically for the study of questioned document analysis. The text comprehensively reviews document examination, with specific attention to handwriting identification and forgery detection. Fundamental principles and techniques of document examination are presented throughout in a concise, straightforward manner. Specific concepts attended to include the factors that affect handwriting; the characteristics of handwriting; the guidelines for determining the authenticity or spuriousness of handwriting; and the proper methods for examining a case from start to finish.
California Main Office: 793A East Foothill Blvd., #200 San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Global Forensic Services, LLC (GFS) is a Forensic Consulting, Laboratory and Investigative Firm offering over 37 years of experience and training in a wide range of forensic science and private investigation disciplines.
Larry Stewart has personally examined tens of thousands of individual items of evidence from sources such as state, local, and federal agencies (e.g. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Central Intelligence Agency, and others), and foreign governments. On several occasions he has examined cases involving international disputes between governments.
Mr. Stewart has testified as an Expert Witness in state, federal and military courts of law, as well as in foreign court systems to include; Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He has also testified at The Hague in the Netherlands and three times as an expert before the U.S. Congress.
This book can be purchased directly from the author, It covers the Document Examination profession, tools of the trade, documents defined, interviewing, examination, handwriting analysis, covert and overt investigations, and other related areas.
Laurie Hoeltzel, PhDc, a Forensic Document Examiner, has studied handwriting examination and apprenticed under some of the leading court-qualified Forensic Document Experts in the United States. She spent 11 years serving her country in the United States Air Force, including three tours of duty in Iraq, while obtaining a Bachelors degree and Document Examination Certificates. Laurie Hoeltzel has been 100% court-qualified and her testimony has always been allowed.
Litigation Support - Ms. Hoeltzel has reviewed numerous signatures and handwritings, examined case documents, and rendered an opinion on cases in AZ, AL, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MI, MD, MO, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI, WA, Washington D.C.; Montreal & Quebec Canada; Freeport & Nassau, Bahamas. She is court-qualified and attorney-recommended. With over 20 years of experience, she is available for depositions and court testimony when necessary, Ms. Hoeltzel offers her expertise to counsel for both plaintiff and defendant NATIONWIDE!
Areas of Specific Training:
Distinguishing Forged Signatures Techniques
Factors that Affect Writing
Disputed Documents or Signatures Analysis on: Wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, mortgages, loans, notary disputes, and medical records. Investigation and Analysis for: Questioned signatures, suspect documents, forgeries, identity theft, robo-signing, anonymous letters, bond authentication, alterations, obliterations, erasures, typewritten documents, altered medical records, graffiti, handwritten numbers, suicide notes, and computerized and handwritten documents.
Gus Lesnevich and Khody Detwiler (Lesnevich & Detwiler) have over 55 years of combined experience specializing in the Examination and Analysis of Signatures, Writings, and Documents. They own and operate one of the most sophisticated private forensic document laboratories in the United States; including the capabilities to perform all aspects of non-destructive forensic document and handwriting examinations.
Litigation Support - Lesnevich & Detwiler are often retained (both nationally and internationally) by law firms, government agencies, insurance companies, banking institutions, fortune 500 corporations and other private entities to handle any issue involving the authenticity of documents, writings and signatures in both criminal and civil matters (i.e. wills and other testamentary documents, medical records, insurance policy forms, deeds, mortgages, banking transaction documents, contracts, anonymous/threatening letters and much more).
Lesnevich & Detwiler are court qualified in state, federal and international jurisdictions and have earned a stellar reputation for producing highly-effective court illustrations in support of our findings when providing expert witness testimony. They are committed to bringing the highest level of expertise to all of their clients in every aspect of their case, from beginning to end.
In addition to the services mentioned above, Lesnevich & Detwiler also offers extensive litigation and investigative support in the form of confidential consultation regarding the Forensic Document Examination discipline as a whole; including assistance with evaluating and interpreting the credentials and opinions of other practitioners within their field. They pride themselves on providing their clients with the tools necessary to not only use their services, but to understand them as well. They practice on the belief that education is not only essential in any expert retention, it is the absolute cornerstone to a successful outcome!
Areas of Expertise:
Evidence Handling Procedures
Expert Witness and Legal Proceedings
Photography and Digital Imaging
Electronic Signature Analysis
Handwriting, Hand Printing, Signature Examinations
Mr. V C Misra is a leading Forensic Handwriting, Finger Print and Document Examiner with over 21 years of experience. He has solved and given opinion on thousands of cases in India, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, South Africa and UAE.
Mr. Misra's Expertise Includes:
Examination of Handwriting, Signatures, Fraudulent Additions and Alterations
Approximate Age of Documents
Photo Static and Scanned Transplantations of Signatures
Traced, Freehand and Impersonation Forgeries
Denial of Normal or Disguised (Changed) Signatures
Body Writings on Account Opening Forms
Denial of Withdrawal of Money
Development of Latent Finger or Palm Prints from the Cheques
Bank Documents by Ninhydrin (Chemical) Method Used for Impression Sweat on Paper
Opinions on Folds
Sequence of Strokes and Distinction Between Inks
Insertion of Typed or Printed Matter
Fake Currency Notes
Credit Card Forgeries
Identification of Computer Typed Documents
Fake Seals and Rubber Stamps
Mr. Misra's Expert Opinion is Available in the Following Languages: English; French; German; Russian; Spanish; Hindi; Gujarati; Urdu; Marathi; Regional Languages of India or Abroad.
Air Force Police Bank of Tokyo Bechtel (India) Bennett & Coleman Birla Soft C.R.P.F. Delhi Police Delhi University Duncan Industries Electrolux I.C.I. Fertilizer IIT New Delhi & Kanpur
Industries & MNC's J & K Bank JNU New Delhi L.I.C. Main Detective Agencies Private Parties Punjab National Bank Skanska Standard Chartered Bank State Bank of India U.P. Financial Corporation U.P. Police
Mike Wakshull is a civil and criminal court-qualified document examiner who partners with legal clients to dissect the evidence presented in handwritten and computer-generated questioned documents. His valid approach produces winning arguments during the trial. Wakshull applies his scientific training to examine questioned documents which is a court requirement. He uses generally accepted practices such as ASTM standards. His laboratory is well-equipped and he has built a large forensic reference library. Wakshull is skilled at creating and explaining complex exhibits in easy-to-understand language and pictures. His courtroom approach is to teach and engage the trial participants—opposing attorney, judge and jury.
Mike Wakshull holds a graduate school certificate in Forensic Document Examination. Since the 1980s, Mr. Wakshull has worked and studied in the science and discipline of Document Examination and Handwriting Analysis. He is one of only a handful of forensic document examiners with graduate school training in the science of forensic document examination. His opinion is always based on sound fundamentals of evidence. Mr. Wakshull has spoken at International and local conferences and seminars and also holds professional certifications that bring unique skills to your case. As a Certified Quality Engineer, Mr. Wakshull studied the science of variability and applied this to the analysis of handwriting and documents. As a Certified Information Systems Auditor, he applies his knowledge of information systems and technology to the analysis of documents.
Q9 Consulting, Inc. Has both an extensive research library and laboratory. Q9 Consulting, Inc. serves Southern California counties of Riverside, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and surrounding regions. Work is accepted from all other locations.
You have hired a forensic examiner to analyze evidence for your civil case. After a thorough examination of the evidence, the forensic examiner delivers a weak forensic opinion toward favoring your theory of the case. Will the examiner's weak opinion help you in trial?
Generally, document examiners state that a source signatures is needed to show that the signature on a document is cut from another document then pasted onto the document in question. In this case study, a technique is presented to demonstrate how a cut-and-paste was discovered without the source signature.
When she was a girl, the young woman had emigrated with her family to the United States from her home country in Africa. She grew up in the northeastern USA and was now attending college. As part of her application for United States citizenship she must present her birth certificate. Her father sent the birth certificate to her. The birth certificate had apparent alterations. Government officials refused to accept the birth as valid because her appearance did not match the age on the birth certificate. She was born in 1994 yet birth certificate appears to state her year of birth as 1984.
The divorce had been finalized 15 years earlier. The husband had moved on with his life. He was happily remarried and enjoying his retirement years. The ex-wife could not let go. She sued in the Superior Court of Los Angeles claiming the husband would not relinquish rights to real property and other interests that had been part of the divorce settlement.
The decedent signed a life insurance beneficiary form a few weeks after having brain surgery. The plaintiff claimed the signature was not executed by the decedent. The defense claimed that the decedent had signed the document and the differences are attributed to the effects of brain surgery.
As with any other profession, document examiners have a range of expertise and experience. As important as it is for your client to make a clear assessment of your abilities, it is up to you to determine in advance, with a high degree of accuracy, whether the document examiner you plan to hire will perform the most accurate assessments and be ready to back up those assessments with a scientifically repeatable methodology in court.
None of us wants to feel that our opinions are tainted by bias. The ability to recognize when bias is an influence in an expert's opinion and the skill of an expert to overcome his or her biases is integral to an expert's credibility.
The Most Dangerous Animal of All was co-written by the estranged son of California’s infamous Zodiac killer to reveal his father’s true identity. When the book hit the streets the skeptics were in full force. Just like those who mocked the boy who cried wolf, no one could blame them. Too many people had already claimed to either be the killer or to know who he really was.
Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner can present a case so clearly that the outcome is beyond doubt. To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results.
" Q9 Consulting, Inc. announces the release of a new book, The End of the Zodiac Mystery, How Forensic Science Helped Solve One of the Most the Most Infamous Serial Killer Cases of the Century by Michael Wakshull."
Forensic Document Examiner Expert Witness Ronald Morris
Ronald N. Morris, CDE is a Certified Document Examiner and the President and Founder of Ronald. N. Morris and Associates, Inc. (RNM&AI). He has over 40 years of experience working with such entities as the United States Treasury Department, Office of the Examiner of Questioned Documents; the Washington, DC Police Department, Questioned Document Laboratory; and the United States Secret Service, Forensic Services Division, Questioned Document Branch.
A Fellow in the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Mr. Morris specializes in Handwriting and Hand Printing Identification and other document examinations, such as interlineations and alteration, fabrication techniques, page insertions, nondestructive ink differentiation using the Foster+Freeman® VSC4c video spectral comparator, and indentation analysis using a Foster+Freeman® ESDA system, etc.
Litigation Support - Ronald Morris has testified approximately 275 times as an expert in handwriting and hand printing identification and related document cases in federal, state, local courts, courts in the District of Columbia, and military courts martial. His testimony experience includes testimony in criminal, civil, and juvenile courts. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.
Areas of Expertise:
Indentations, ESDA Analysis
Ink and Paper Differentiation (No Destructive Testing)
Robert Radley's practice is the longest established private independent laboratory in Great Britain dealing solely with the Forensic Examination of Handwriting and Documents. Mr. Radley is a trained forensic scientist specialising exclusively in this field. He has written numerous papers and publications in forensic science journals on forensic document examination relating to a variety of aspects of this work and has presented these to scientific meetings both in this country and abroad. He has been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners.
Since 1971, Mr. Radley has been consulted in over 9,000 cases involving questioned documents with instructions received from all over the world. These generally relate to signature authentication and/or handwriting identification together with other areas of document examination which are dealt with on a routine basis, including non-destructive instrumental analysis of inks, paper, alterations, erasures, typewriting, printing, indented and electrostatic writing impressions in documents (ESDA), photocopy examinations, dating queries and determination of sequences of writings. He has trained as a Single Joint Expert and regularly deals with such cases. His laboratory is extensively equipped with the necessary instrumentation for the forensic examination of documents.
Mr. Radley has given evidence on several hundred occasions as an expert witness in the courts throughout the UK and also courts in Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, The Hague, The Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya and Gibraltar.