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Hand writing is unique to each individual. Although some peoples’ handwriting may have similar
styles and characteristics in common, acquired when these people learned to write by copying
letters and words, they tend to take on individual styles with age. Also, as a person ages, their
handwriting will show additional changes.

Generally, one cannot determine the age or sex of a suspect or whether they are left-handed or
right-handed from a normal writing sample. Certain types of flourishes and embellishments in
writing styles and detailed examination of an original document my give hints at some of some of
these characteristics.
In handwriting analysis, one should look for similarities in the shapes, styles, alignment, and
spacing of letters.