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

Pennsylvania Public Intoxication Laws
Learn what can happen if you're drunk or high in public under Pennsylvania law.
Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking Laws in Oklahoma
Oklahoma treats cyberbullying seriously. A person who harasses, stalks, or threatens another online or in an electronic communication can face misdemeanor or even felony charges.
Burglary, Illegal Entry, and Criminal Trespass in Oklahoma
Oklahoma protects people and their property from intruders with the state's burglary and criminal trespass laws. A person who commits burglary in Oklahoma can face serious felony penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Malicious or Unlawful Assault in West Virginia
Learn how West Virginia defines and punishes malicious and unlawful assault, assault during a felony, sexual assault, and strangulation crimes
West Virginia Assault and Battery Laws
Learn how West Virginia defines the crimes of assault and battery, when misdemeanor or felony penalties apply, and what defense may be available.
West Virginia Domestic Violence Laws
Learn how West Virginia law defines and punishes domestic violence crimes.
Simple and Aggravated Assault Laws in Pennsylvania
Learn how Pennsylvania defines simple and aggravated assault, when assault is a felony, and what defenses may be available when facing assault charges.
Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Laws
Understand how Pennsylvania defines domestic violence crimes and their penalties.
Simple and Aggravated Battery in Georgia
Learn how the crimes of simple battery, battery, and aggravated battery differ in Georgia.
Georgia Family Violence Laws
Georgia defines family violence as a felony or certain misdemeanors committed by a family member. Family violence offenses typically carry greater potential penalties than identical violent acts committed by non-family members.