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

Burglary and Criminal Trespass in New Jersey
A person who commits burglary or trespass in New Jersey can face prison time and hefty fines. Learn more about these crimes and their penalties.
Auto Theft Laws in New Jersey
Like many states, a conviction for motor vehicle theft or a related crime in New Jersey can result in a lengthy prison sentence and substantial fines.
New Jersey Theft Laws and Penalties
A person who commits theft or a related offense in New Jersey can face serious felony penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and robust fines.
Washington Laws on Gross Misdemeanor and Felony Theft and Shoplifting
Washington’s theft statute covers a broad range of prohibited conduct, including offenses commonly referred to as embezzlement, shoplifting, and possession of stolen property. Serious theft convictions can result in substantial incarceration time and large fines.
Auto Theft Laws in Washington
Like many states, a conviction for motor vehicle theft or a related crime in Washington can result in a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines.
Virginia Common Law and Statutory Burglary Crimes
A person who commits burglary in Virginia can face serious felony penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and hefty fines.
South Carolina Auto Theft Laws
South Carolina law criminalizes motor vehicle theft, carjacking, joyriding, breaking into a vehicle, and selling parts to chop shops.
South Carolina Petit and Grand Larceny and Shoplifting Laws
Like many states, South Carolina classifies its larceny offenses according to the value of the stolen property—and, in some cases, according to the type of property involved in the larceny.
Auto Theft Laws in Virginia
Vehicle theft, carjacking, and joyriding can carry serious felony penalties in Virginia. Learn the legal differences between these crimes and their punishments.
Virginia Laws on Petit and Grand Larceny and Shoplifting
Like many states, Virginia classifies its larceny offenses according to the value of the stolen property—and, in some cases, according to the type of property involved in the larceny. Find out how quickly larceny goes from a misdemeanor to a felony.