How long can the Police detain you?

by 8 April 2021Criminal Defence, FAQ

How long can the Police detain you?

The Police can detain and keep you in custody for up to a maximum of 48 hours from the time of your arrest before you must be released

If the Police need to extend your detention beyond 48 hours, they must bring you to Court and get the Court’s permission by giving reasons for the extension.

If the Police do not get the Court’s permission to extend your detention, you’ll be released from custody provided you promise to attend at a Police station to cooperate with investigations or to attend Court to answer for formal criminal charges).

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About the author

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.

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