In San Diego County, criminal defendants who are in custody must be arraigned within 3 court days of their arrest if they are not able to post bail. Your family should contact a local criminal defense attorney to make sure things are done correctly, and that your nephew's rights are protected. Best of luck! Stefano L. Molea, Esq.* Molea Law: Criminal Defense 760.383.1766 http://www.molealaw.com *This answer is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended as the practice of law in any jurisdiction in which I am not licensed. The answer does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. The answer is based only on the information provided, and may be inaccurate in the context of additional facts that have not been provided. The questioner should be aware that I am only licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of California. Accordingly, before taking any action or refraining from taking any action, the questioner should consult with an attorney licensed to practice in his or her jurisdiction.