Sentence-Package Rule Law and Legal Definition

Sentence package rule is a principle of criminal law that a defendant can be resentenced on a sentence arising from a conviction on multiple counts in an indictment. A court can modify on remand, a sentence imposed on a multi-count conviction when the defendant has succeeded in challenging less than all of the counts of conviction on appeal.

The following is an example of a caselaw on sentence package rule :

When a defendant is found guilty on a multicount indictment, there is a strong likelihood that the district court will craft a disposition in which the sentences on the various counts form part of an overall plan. When the conviction on one or more of the component counts is vacated, common sense dictates that the judge should be free to review the efficacy of what remains in light of the original plan, and to reconstruct the sentencing architecture upon remand, within applicable constitutional and statutory limits, if that appears necessary in order to ensure that the punishment still fits both the crime and the criminal.[United States v. Wainuskis, 942 F. Supp. 1101, 1110 (S.D. Miss. 1996)]