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What does state law say?

It is a violation of the law to allow possession or consumption of liquor by a minor.

Settings covered are places under a person’s control—not specifically defined.

What happens if an adult breaks the law?

Adults who are charged with this violation face a Class D crime with a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or imprisonment with a maximum sentence of 364 days. If the violation involves a minor under the age of 18, then the minimum fine is $1,000.  If a second violation occurs within 6 years of the first violation, then the fine is $2,000. Adults face a Class C crime if the consumption of liquor by a minor results in serious bodily injury or death to an individual.

Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

Not addressed.

Can the adult be sued?

A server who recklessly provides liquor to a minor is liable for damages approximately caused by that minor’s consumption of the liquor. “Server” is defined as a person who sells, gives or otherwise provides liquor to an individual. The server’s actual or constructive knowledge of the individual’s age can demonstrate reckless conduct.

Are there liability limits to the amount of money the adult can be sued for?

Maximum of $350,000 for a single incident, in addition to expenses for medical care and treatment.

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Are there local laws that I should be aware of?

It is possible. Check with your local municipality since there are some communities that enact additional local ordinances which can include fines and other penalties.