Joe Simpson Charged with DUI

8/15/2012 11:07 AM PDT

Joe Simpson Charged with DUI

Joe Simpson -- Jessica Simpson's dad -- has been charged with 2 counts of DUI stemming from an August 4th arrest ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Simpson was popped at a DUI checkpoint in Sherman Oaks, CA earlier this month ... and blew .12 on the breathalyzer test.

Now, we've learned ... the L.A. City Attorney has filed 2 misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence against Papa Joe ... which carry a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.

If convicted on both counts, Joe COULD face up to 36 months probation and a $1,000 fine -- but as a first-time offender, it's highly unlikely he'll end up behind bars. He'll probably end up with a fine and probation.

Joe's case is scheduled to go before the judge later this month.