Moonshine Law and Legal Definition

Moonshine refers to illicitly distilled liquor. "Moonshine is simply a particular kind of intoxicating liquor, viz., ‘intoxicating liquor illicitly distilled for beverage purposes'." [State v. King, 331 Mo. 268, 273 (Mo. 1932)].

However, in State v. Gatlin, 267 S.W. 797 (Mo. 1924), the court held that the word moonshine means corn whiskey, and is not broad enough to include all kinds of intoxicating liquor.