The charging process begins with a prosecutor reviewing the case and making a decision about how to specifically write the charges, that is done based on the alleged facts of the case and interviews with witnesses. After drafting the initial charges, the charges are sworn by the prosecutor or someone in the prosecutor’s office and then served upon the defendant or as they are called in the military, the “accused”. Once the charges are served, the defendant will be assigned a military lawyer. The defendant may choose to and should seriously consider hiring a civilian lawyer once he or she is made aware that an investigation is underway. The defendant and the lawyer must meet to discuss the case and then begin to prepare their defense. The next event that happens, is what is called an Article 32 hearing.