Now that the initial uproar following his drunken exploits has (somewhat) died down, Mel Gibson must turn from dealing with public accusations to those of the legal variety. According to press reports, the actor has now been officially charged with three violations: "Driving under the influence of alcohol, having an elevated blood-alcohol level and an open container of liquor in his car." Though a guilty finding could theoretically result in up to six months in prison, first-time DUI offenders rarely find themselves in prison, at least not for very long. A more likely punishment for the offenses -- given Gibson's apologies, it's unlikely he'll suddenly deny his guilt -- is a fine, possibly accompanied by community service.

Gibson's arraignment is scheduled for September 28.
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