Micah Schwartzbach


Micah Schwartzbach is Nolo’s Managing Editor, overseeing digital editorial content and other aspects of the company’s publishing operation. He considers himself fortunate to work with the talented and experienced team of Nolo Editors.

Education. Micah earned his B.A. from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated with highest honors, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated cum laude. He received several academic awards from both institutions, among them a distinction for excellence in the study of evidence law. 

Law practice. Before coming to Nolo, Micah practiced criminal defense law. In his early career, he represented clients throughout Northern California in various stages of criminal cases as part of a small law practice. In his next opportunity, his work centered on writing, editing, and research. One of his most rewarding moments was overcoming a government argument against financial compensation for an innocent man who spent nearly nine years in prison.

Nolo. Micah’s relationship with Nolo began in 2012, when he started to contribute articles to the renowned publishing company as a freelance writer. He joined the staff the next year as a Legal Editor, creating articles and editing books across areas of law. Beyond the websites in the Nolo family, Micah’s analysis has appeared on HowStuffWorks and in the Daily Journal, a periodical for attorneys.

Like other team members, Micah finds tremendous meaning in spreading understanding of and access to the legal system. 

Articles By Micah Schwartzbach

State vs. Federal Prosecution
Learn what determines whether a state or the federal government prosecutes a criminal case.
Bail: Getting Out of Jail After an Arrest
Bail is cash, a bond, or property that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so.
Pretrial Detention, Probable Cause Findings, and the Fourth Amendment
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that pretrial detention can violate the Fourth Amendment even if a judge has found probable cause for the detention.
Can the Police Search Your Home by Lying to You?
A search can be illegal when the police trick a suspect into agreeing to it.
Can the Police Search Your Home by Pretending Not to Be Cops?
An overview of the law where someone gives consent to enter only because the officers acted like they weren’t police.
Arraignment: Getting to Court
People who have been arrested—particularly those who haven’t bailed out of jail or been released on their own recognizance—want to know when they’ll get in front of a judge.
Car Searches After Traffic Stops: Not Always Allowed
A traffic stop normally ends with a citation—the annoyed motorist simply drives away. But an officer will sometime prolong a traffic detention, in the process searching the driver’s vehicle.
Can the Police Use a Dog to Sniff a Car for Drugs Without a Warrant?
The Supreme Court says a K-9 sniff during a roadside detention is okay—unless it unreasonably prolongs the stop.
What Is Criminal Negligence?
Most crimes involve intentional conduct.
The Attorney-Client Privilege
The attorney-client privilege protects almost all confidential communications between lawyers and their clients.