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time served

n. the period a criminal defendant has been in jail, often while awaiting bail or awaiting trial. Often a judge will give a defendant "credit for time served," particularly when sentencing for misdemeanors. Example: Johnny Jumpstart was arrested for drunk driving and spent the night in jail before he was released on his own recognizance. Since the minimum sentence in his state was 48 hours, the judge will sentence him to that time, less 14 hours for time served. After lengthy waits in jail before trial, "time served" may become very important to the defendant. (See: sentence)

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Kenneth Cortes, 25, of the Worcester County House of Correction, assault and battery, guilty, 90 days in the House of Correction, concurrent with any sentence, credit for time served.
Two others, Ahmed Abdu al-Moualad and Ziad Al-Shareiah, were released on time served.
Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): Shania Twain's stalker has been placed on three years probation after being released from jail following completion of his time served.
Because of credit for time served and good behavior while in jail prior to and during her trial for the murder of her daughter, in which she was found not guilty, Anthony will only have to remain in jail for one week.
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Judge Dora Irizarry on Friday sentenced Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, 60, to time served and kicked him out of the country.
Hamdan will be eligible for release in six months after the military judge, Navy Captain Keith Allred, earlier ruled he should receive five years of credit for time served at Guantanamo Bay
Days after her plea, and the subsequent sentence of time served, prosecutors said they discovered they had used the wrong sentencing guidelines and a new sentence of 29 months--one month was taken off for time already served--was issued.
The IPPR is concerned that this emphasis on time served, rather than skills acquired or ability to do the job effectively, discourages officers from developing specialist skills and from doing difficult or dangerous jobs such as emergency response.
This new method of managing the percentage of time served by those sentenced to county jail better enables us to do our jobs as prosecutors,'' Webb said.
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