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

Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws in Georgia
Prostitution, pimping, and pandering are crimes under Georgia law. These offenses carry enhanced penalties under specified circumstances, particularly when minors are involved. In some situations, convicted persons must register as sex offenders.
Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering
Pimping and pandering laws are designed to curb prostitution—and to protect people who might take part in it—by punishing those who exploit, facilitate, or knowingly benefit from the sex trade.
Decriminalizing Prostitution
Prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states, Nevada being the sole exception. Those who oppose the criminalization of prostitution typically advocate one of two approaches: legalization (which involves regulation) or decriminalization (no regulation).
How Do Police Uncover Prostitution Rings?
Law enforcement agencies often use -- and courts usually allow -- “sting” operations, where officers go undercover to catch people involved in the sex trade. Sting operations are a practical response to the way prostitution is carried out.
Prostitution Laws
Under most states and counties in the United States prostitution is illegal and punishable as a misdemeanor in most cases. Prostitution is defined as the act of offering, agreeing to or engaging in sexual acts or sexual contact for compensation.
Obscenity Laws
Not many legal concepts reduce Supreme Court Justices to uttering, “I know it when I see it.” But that’s exactly what Justice Potter Stewart wrote about obscenity.
Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws in Illinois
Prostitution and a variety of acts related to it are crimes under Illinois law. In addition to criminal penalties, some prostitution-related crimes require the defendant to register as a sex offender and carry other consequences. Prostitution In Illinois, prostitution consists of performing, or offering
Driving Without a License: Presenting Proof of a Valid License
A suspended license is one that has been taken away temporarily. In some situations, the suspension period automatically expires and the license becomes valid again; in other situations, drivers must apply to the issuing agency to reinstate their licenses.
Failure to Stop and Give Information, or Hit and Run
 “Hit-and-run” laws, also known as “stop-and-give-aid” laws, require drivers who are involved in collisions to: stop, provide identification, and give any needed assistance.
Ecstasy Laws
“Ecstasy,” a drug also known as “E,” is the street name for 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). It also includes substances that have been mixed with MDMA and unknown groups of drugs.