Kat McClain


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

Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Arkansas
Arkansas law allows expungement (sealing) of many criminal records upon meeting certain requirements. Learn more about sealing criminal records in Arkansas.
Nebraska Domestic Violence Laws
Nebraska law prohibits harming or threatening intimate partners and family and household members. These acts of domestic abuse can result in criminal charges and restraining orders.
Expunging or Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Delaware
In Delaware, your criminal records can be expunged--that is, erased or sealed--under certain circumstances. In most cases, after your record is expunged you no longer have to disclose that you were arrested.
Texas Family Violence Crimes and Penalties
A person who commits an act of family violence in Texas can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy imprisonment terms, hefty fines, restrictions on firearm possession, and immigration consequences.
Possession of a Controlled Substance in Georgia
Getting caught in possession of an illegal drug in Georgia can land you with felony charges. Learn how Georgia punishes controlled substance offenses.
Missouri Laws on Possession and Sale of Controlled Substances
Understand Missouri's laws and penalties for the illegal possession, sale, and trafficking of drugs.
Kansas Domestic Violence Laws
Learn about the punishment for domestic violence crimes in Kansas, including domestic battery, stalking, and protection order violations.
Kentucky Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence crimes can result in misdemeanor or felony penalties in Kentucky. A judge may also order a restraining order against the defendant.
Louisiana Domestic Violence Laws
Learn how Louisiana defines and punishes crimes of domestic violence, including domestic abuse battery, aggravated assault against a family member or dating partner, and violation of a protective order.
Texas Misdemeanor and Felony Theft and Shoplifting Laws
Like most states, Texas classifies its theft offenses according to the value of the property or services stolen—and, in some cases, by the type of property involved in the theft.