The police can effectively keep it until the Court orders its return. The Court won't do that iuntil asked and until the conclusion of the case. expiration of the statute of limitations period or unless law enforcement (thru the D.A) represents in response to a motion that it does not intend to file charges and does not oppose returning the phone.
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It's evidence in an alleged crime, they'll keep it until the case reaches full resolution. If at that point they continue holding it (which they often do), an attorney can file a motion to have the property returned. Good luck.
My best advice for people is to buy a cheap phone with virtually no memory. Get them by the dozen. Use them disposably.
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