The amount of time that the police can keep you in custody depends on a number of factors, including the reason for your detention and the laws of the jurisdiction where you are being held.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, the police may be able to hold you in custody for up to 48 hours without formally charging you. This period is sometimes referred to as a “cooling-off” period, and it allows the police to gather additional evidence and information before making a decision about whether to file charges against you.
If you are charged with a crime, the police may be able to hold you in custody until your arraignment, which is typically held within 48-72 hours of your arrest. At your arraignment, a judge will inform you of the charges against you, and you will have the opportunity to enter a plea.
If you are not charged with a crime, the police may still be able to hold you in custody for a brief period of time if they have a reasonable suspicion that you are involved in criminal activity. However, the exact length of time that they can hold you in custody will depend on the laws of the jurisdiction where you are being held.
If you are being held in custody, you have the right to an attorney, and you should exercise that right as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can work to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.