Section 48. Conditions for imposing a community sentence

A community sentence may be imposed instead of a sentence of imprisonment if
  1. a.
    the severest penalty that would otherwise have been imposed is imprisonment for a term of one year,
  2. b.
    the purpose of the penalty would not be defeated by a non-custodial sanction, and
  3. c.
    the offender consents and is domiciled in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Sweden.
The first paragraph, a), may be departed from if all or part of the penalty that would otherwise have been imposed would have been suspended, if the offender is under 18 years of age, and otherwise if there are strong reasons for imposing a community sentence.