Rebecca Pirius

Attorney · Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Rebecca Pirius is a Legal Editor at Nolo with a focus on criminal law. She has worked in the area of criminal law since 2003, most recently as a senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). For 12 years, Rebecca was a legislative analyst and an attorney in the Minnesota House of Representatives, providing nonpartisan legal research and drafting services to the 134 members. Right out of law school, she clerked for a judge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rebecca earned her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as a law review member. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar.

Nolo. In 2017, Rebecca began freelancing with Nolo and writing articles on criminal law, traffic laws, and impaired driving. She started full time at Nolo in 2019 as a Legal Editor. She writes primarily for and

Prior career. Working at the Minnesota Legislature and NCSL, Rebecca conducted extensive research and analysis of laws and legislation on criminal law, public safety, corrections, and courts. Her roles required her to break down complex legal concepts for a broad audience, including policymakers and constituents, and allowed her to work with both sides of the political aisle. At NCSL, her policy work took her around the country to work with local and state policymakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, former offenders, young adult offenders, crime victims, and criminal justice experts.  

Articles By Rebecca Pirius

Misdemeanor and Felony Assault Laws in Iowa
An assault conviction can result in jail or prison time and fines. Learn what distinguishes misdemeanor and felony assaults in Iowa.
Hawaii Domestic Violence Laws
Hawaii makes it illegal to abuse a family or household member. In addition to providing criminal penalties for the abuser, Hawaii provides a system where a victim of domestic abuse may obtain a court-issued protective order.
Are Fireworks Legal in California?
California limits the kinds of fireworks people can legally have and restricts the places they can set them off.
Maryland Domestic Violence Laws
Learn how Maryland law addresses domestic violence crimes.
Delaware's Laws on Assault and Offensive Touching
Learn how Delaware defines and punishes the crimes of first- through third-degree assault, offensive touching, and menacing.
Delaware Domestic Violence Laws
A person charged or convicted of domestic violence in Delaware can face arrest, jail time, restraining orders, and firearm restrictions.
Possession of a Controlled Substance in Utah
While most drug possession offenses in Utah are misdemeanors, repeat offenders may face stiff felony penalties.
What Is a Vagrancy Charge?
Vagrancy laws still exist today. Learn what vagrancy is, how current law makes vagrancy illegal, and how vagrancy is punished.
Prostitution Laws in Ohio
Learn how Ohio defines and punishes prostitution offenses, from engaging and soliciting prostitution to promoting and compelling prostitution.
New Hampshire Domestic Violence Laws
Learn how New Hampshire penalizes domestic violence crimes, violations of domestic abuse protection orders, and related offenses.