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Jessica Simpson's dad charged with two counts of DUI

August 15, 2012 |  3:42 pm

Joe and Jessica Simpson.The father of singer and fashion entrepreneur Jessica Simpson has been charged with two counts of drunk driving following an arrest earlier this month at a Sherman Oaks DUI checkpoint.

Joe Simpson, who lives in Encino, helped engineer the rise to fame and fortune for his daughters, Jessica and Ashley. He was arrested Aug. 4 after allegedly registering a 0.12 blood-alcohol level, well beyond the state's 0.08 limit, authorities said.

The Los Angeles city attorney on Tuesday filed two counts, which carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail, 36 months probation and a $1,000 fine, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for prosecutors.

Simpson, 54, who listed himself as a music manager in his booking information, is scheduled to be arraigned in a Van Nuys courtroom  Aug. 30.

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Photo: Joe and Jessica Simpson. Credit: KTLA-TV, Channel 5

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