Josh Owens also agrees with his co-stars, telling Motorcycle USA, “I’m not in jail because it’s not evidence, for one, that I’m on TV making moonshine. And for two, I could be doing anything, it could be just water… [The cops] got a lot bigger fish to fry than somebody just making a little bit of something to sip on when alcohol’s in every store and every bar in the countryside.”
Why was Tickle arrested?
This does not mean there are no moonshiners with a criminal record on the show. In 2016, Tickle was sentenced to a three-year suspended penitentiary sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
“I am a law-abiding citizen. That gun is something that a buddy of mine gave me many years ago,” Tickle said at the time. “My daughter wants to stay with me, but if I’m in jail, I can’t provide for her.”
In exchange for the suspended sentence, Tickle was ordered to complete 18 months probation, pay court costs, and be on good behavior for five years.