Father of Jessica Simpson charged with DUI in LA

Joe Simpson speaks as singer Jessica Simpson, left, Tina Simpson, second from left, and hairstylist Ken Paves look on at the Operation Smile "Smile Gala" in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. The Simpson family was honored for their work with Operation Smile. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

August 15, 2012 9:25:37 PM PDT
Los Angeles prosecutors are charging the father of singers Jessica and Ashley Simpson with two counts of drunken driving after his arrest earlier this month.

City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said Wednesday that 54-year-old Joe Simpson faces a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail, 36 months of probation and a $1,000 fine.

He was arrested Aug. 4 after authorities say he registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above at a DUI checkpoint in the Sherman Oaks area.

The charges were filed Tuesday. Simpson is due for arraignment Aug. 30 in a Van Nuys court.

Simpson is a former minister. He helped make stars of his two daughters by managing their singing careers.

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