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

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.
Texas Statutory Rape Laws
A person who commits statutory rape or a related crime in Texas can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and substantial fines.
Georgia Rape, Sodomy, and Sexual Battery Laws
Under Georgia’s laws, a person who engages in sexual behavior with others against their will can be convicted of rape, sodomy, or sexual battery depending on the circumstances.
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, people who engage in sexual activity with children under the state’s age of consent (16 years old) may be convicted of statutory rape or sexual battery.
Texas Family Violence Protective Orders
Texas law allows victims of family violence to ask the court for an order—called a family violence protective order or restraining order—that prohibits the alleged abuser from contacting or harming the victim. Violators of family violence protective orders can face time in jail or even prison.
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.
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.
Kansas Statutory Rape Laws
In Kansas, a person who participates in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 (the age of consent) can be convicted of statutory rape, sodomy, or indecent liberties with a child.
Kansas Sexual Battery and Rape Laws
A person who commits a sex-related crime in Kansas can face serious criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and hefty fines.