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?
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.