State Law In


  • What does state law say?

    It is against the law to sell, give, or otherwise supply or permit alcohol to be provided to an underage person.

    Premises of a person including: real property, houses, buildings, and other structures, and motor vehicles and watercraft.

  • What happens if an adult breaks the law?

    Adults who are charged with this violation face a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year. This is a gross misdemeanor.

  • Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?

    Not addressed.

  • Can the adult be sued?

    The State of Washington has not enacted a law regarding civil penalties for social hosting. In the absence of a statute, case law is mixed. In Reynolds v. Hicks, the court found that there is no evidence that the legislature intends to hold social hosts civilly liable for alcohol-related injuries. In Hansen v. Friend, the court ruled that a social host is liable based on the principle of duty to care.