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    Time served

    Hello,

    Can you explain to me what the phrase or time served stands for in the following?

    Rice was charged in both incidents, and received five months in jail -- or time served -- for the theft, court records show.

    Thank you

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    Re: Time served

    [Not a teacher]

    "Time served" is a legal phrase.
    "Time" means "prison time."

    Please refer to this page:
    Definition of time served - Nolo's Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions

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    Re: Time served

    Wow, now it makes sense.

    When a judge sentences a defendant to "time served," the sentence is the same as the time the defendant has spent in jail, and the defendant is set free.

    Thanks.

    Good night.

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