Dangerous Proximity Test Law and Legal Definition

The dangerous proximity test is a common law test used by federal and state courts in legal analysis. The test is applied in attempt cases. The analysis focuses on whether the defendant was ‘dangerously close’ to completing the crime or ‘so near to the result that the danger of success is very great.’ Courts use this test to determine if the offender has gone beyond the preparation stage of the crime, and if s/he really attempted to do the crime.