A noncitizen faced with domestic violence plea offer must take into account the associated adverse immigration consequences that attach to a domestic violence-related conviction. A noncitizen defendant that is faced with this reality must take care, not to plea to a crime of violence (COV) under the United States Federal Code. The United States Federal Code described which crimes in State court can be used to remove a noncitizen from the United States. If the offense is not a COV then it is not a deportable crime of Domestic Violence, even if the defendant and victim have a domestic relationship. For example, some state spousal battery statutes are not deportable crimes of domestic violence, because the battery is not a COV because it can be committed by offensive touching. For this reason, it is important to have competent counsel that will be able to navigate the harsh immigration consequence.