Monroeville, PA asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Pennsylvania

Q: How can I prove my signature was forged. If I don’t have the original promissory note?

I gave someone a promissory note on a piece of lined notebook paper with my signature. She took my signature from that and copied it and pasted it to a fake lease. And used it in court.

1 Lawyer Answer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Frisco, TX

A: Hire an expert. There are many ways. The ink used by copy machines is different from the ink used in pens. The “white” space in a photoshopped image is a different “white” than the paper. Digital images of a signature are finely pixilated and not a smoothly flowing signature you get with pen on paper. Under magnification, this can be easily discerned. Same principle as when you get close to a TV set you can tell that the picture is really a bunch of individual dots packed into a small space.

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