Kat McClain

Attorney

Kat McClain writes on the topic of criminal law for Nolo. She’s licensed to practice law in Arizona and Wisconsin, as well as the Western District Court of Wisconsin and the Central District Court of California.

Originally from the Midwest, Kat moved to Texas and attended the University of Texas, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and minored in Pre-Law. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a child advocate in dependency court for East Texas Child Advocates.

She moved to Houston, one of the largest legal markets in the nation, to attend law school. While at the University of Houston Law Center, Kat actively pursued many different opportunities, including clerking for a family law judge and a nationally-known attorney, Rusty Hardin. After graduating from law school, she began practicing family law. While in Texas, she was a certified mediator and conducted mediations for small claims courts and the Better Business Bureau.

Always looking to improve her knowledge and skills, she moved to Southern California to get her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy at California Western School of Law. While on the West Coast, she added Landlord-Tenant law to her repertoire. Additionally, she worked with the California Innocence Project.

She eventually landed back in the Midwest, where she currently practices criminal defense and family law. When not working in her law practice, Kat enjoys politics, writing, reading, and watching her favorite sports teams.


Articles By Kat McClain

Texas Statutory Rape Laws
A person who commits a statutory rape offense in Texas can face felony charges. Learn about age-of-consent laws in the Lone Star state.
Missouri Statutory Rape Laws
Seventeen is the age of consent in Missouri. Adults who engage in sexual activity with children under the age of consent can be prosecuted and convicted of statutory rape, statutory sodomy, or child molestation. It is also a crime in Missouri for a teacher or school employee to engage in sexual contact with a student.
Revenge Porn in Florida: Sexual Cyberharassment
A person who commits sexual cyberharassment—revenge porn—in Florida can face serious criminal penalties, including substantial incarceration time and hefty fines.
Ohio Petty and Felony Theft and Shoplifting Laws
Like many states, Ohio classifies its theft-related offenses according to the value of the property—and in some cases, according to the type of property or victim involved in the theft.
Arizona Statutory Rape Laws
A person who commits statutory rape or a related crime in Arizona can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Georgia Statutory Rape Laws
A person who commits statutory rape or a related crime in Georgia can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Mississippi Statutory Rape Laws
In Mississippi, engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of consent (16 years old) can lead to stiff penalties and a conviction for statutory rape or sexual battery.
Theft and Shoplifting Laws and Penalties in Washington State
Washington state's theft statute covers a broad range of prohibited conduct, including larceny, embezzlement, shoplifting, and possession of stolen property. Serious theft convictions can result in substantial incarceration time and large fines.
Cyberbullying Laws in Tennessee
A person who commits cyberbullying or cyberstalking in Tennessee can face serious criminal penalties, including substantial incarceration time and hefty fines.
Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking Laws in Arizona
Cyberbullying—using electronic media to harass or stalk another person—is a crime in Arizona. In addition, Arizona law requires schools to develop and enforce policies to deal with student-on-student bullying and cyberbullying.