If you are arrested, the police may only keep you in custody for a "reasonable time". What is reasonable depends upon the:
- Number and complexity of the offences
- Time needed for police to read and collate material
- Number of other people to be questioned
- Time needed to have the suspect communicate with a lawyer, interpreter, relative or friend
- Time needed for medical attention
- Time given to a person to rest during an interview
If you have been held in custody for some time and not charged, you should ask to phone a lawyer and ask whether the police intend to charge you.