Q: Can they hold you in state prison for less then one year
A: Generally speaking, yes. For instance, if you serve 11 months waiting for trial, get convicted at month 11, and then are sentenced to 18 months in state prison: your total sentence would be 18 months, but you would have already served 11 months in county, therefore you should serve at most 9 more months in prison, and possibly less if you exclude gain time.
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