Jessica and Ashlee Simpson's father could serve up to six months in jail after his drunken driving arrest
Joe Simpson was charged on Tuesday with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.
“He had had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner with his wife. They were driving home and he went through a check point a few blocks from the restaurant,” a source close to Joe Simpson tells PEOPLE.
“He took a breathalyzer voluntarily thinking nothing of it. He was surprised to know that he was over the limit. He learned a very important lesson from it all.”
If convicted, he could serve up to six months jail time, pay a $1,000 fine and face 36 months of probation, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office tells PEOPLE.
Simpson, who spent the night in jail following his arrest, was reportedly released at 9:41 a.m. the next morning.
His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 30 in L.A.