legal-elements test.Criminal law. A method of determining whether one crime is a lesser included offense in relation to another crime, by examining the components of the greater crime to analyze whether a person who commits the greater crime necessarily commits the lesser one too. — Also termed same-elements test. [Cases: Indictment and Information  189, 191.C.J.S. Indictments and Informations §§ 218, 220, 230–231, 242.]

[Blacks Law 8th]