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

The Right to a Speedy Trial
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of the individual states guarantee the right to a speedy trial.
Do the Police Need a Warrant to Track You With Your Cellphone?
A “stingray” is a device the size of a suitcase that impersonates a cellphone tower. It tricks cellphones into connecting with it and in that way identifies the phones’ location.
Police Stops: What to Do If You Are Pulled Over
When a police officer begins to pull you over, what you do and say during a traffic stop can have a huge effect.
Search Warrants: What They Are and When They're Necessary
When must the police obtain a warrant before searching your home or other property?
Miranda Rights: What Happens If the Police Don't Read You Your Rights
Many people believe that if they are arrested and not "read their rights," they can escape punishment. Not true. But if the police fail to read a suspect his or her rights, the prosecutor can't use anything the suspect says as evidence against the suspect at trial.
Conditions of Parole
Parolees have to live by certain conditions of release. Some conditions are standard; others depend on the case.
Can Law Enforcement Search You and Your Stuff If You're on Parole?
Search-and-seizure rules are often different for people on parole or supervised release.
Sentencing Alternatives: Prison, Probation, Fines, and Community Service
Criminal sentences may involve one or more different elements, including incarceration (prison, jail), probation, restitution (victim compensation), and community service.
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.
What Is a Criminal "Complaint"?
An arrest, by itself, doesn’t begin formal criminal proceedings. Rather, the filing of a document in court is required. In most instances in state court, the document is a “complaint.”