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What does state law say?

No person may purchase, assist, provide, or give a minor alcoholic beverages.

What happens if an adult breaks the law?

Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

Not addressed.

Can the adult be sued?

The court has stated that a third party does not have a cause of action against a vendor of alcoholic beverages. The court further stated that drinking the intoxicant, not furnishing it, is the proximate cause of the injury. The Court believes a decision whether to abrogate such a fundamental rule, for both commercial vendors and social hosts, is the function of the legislative, not judicial, branch of government.  Williamson v. The Old Brogue, Inc. (350 SE 2d 621 - Va: Supreme Court 1986).

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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.