American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) (the Questioned Documents Section)
American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE)
American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE)
International Association of Identification (IAI) (QD Section)
Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners (SWAFDE)
Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners (SAFDE)
Yes. The American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc (ABFDE) was established in 1977 with a grant from the United States Justice Department. The American Board of Forensic Document Examiners Inc. is the only forensic document examiner certification body recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), a multi-science professional organization. ABFDE is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB). ABFDE Board certification provides assurance that the FDE’s character has been vetted and that he or she has completed a formal two year training program in a recognized laboratory.
There is no charge for the initial consultation, which will include discussion of your documents and determination as to whether the examination will be single-faceted or multi-faceted. A single-faceted examination involves one type of examination, such as the examination of a disputed signature. A multi-faceted examination involves two or more examinations. A multi-faceted examination may include a handwriting examination, an examination to detect indented writing, and an examination of obliterated text. Contact us at 702-682-0529 or at email@example.com for your free consultation.
Original documents are always preferred, but they may not be available or have been destroyed. A good quality photocopy can be used in a forensic document examination. Even though a photocopy may be acceptable for examination, there are limitations in the examination process. For example, a “cut and paste” of a signature or insertion of text may not be detected.
During the initial consultation, a conflict check will be conducted to insure I do not have a conflict with your case. Upon receipt of the retainer and the signed Agreement for Expert Services, I am retained and can begin the examination of the submitted evidence. Contact Jan Seaman Kelly at 702-682-0529 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your case.
Yes. Even though I am based in Las Vegas, I accept cases from all jurisdictions in Nevada; from the Pacific Northwest including northern California, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington; and, from Idaho, North Dakota, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Yes, forensic document examinations and footwear impression evidence examinations are accepted in criminal and civil cases from the states of Nevada, Arizona, northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.