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Changing your name will not get rid of your criminal history. It will still come up under your social security number ans fingerprints as well as you will be obligated to disclose your criminal convictions in some cases and in some applications.
Generally as long as you are not trying to conceal your identity or your past history and go through the legal process for name change, it would be up to the judge to look at your individual set of circumstances and make that determination. I think the fact that you are currently on probation can make it more difficult, but not necessarily impossible.
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I agree with you to some degree. American criminal system is very harsh and unforgiving. Once you are convicted of a felony, it is like being branded in the old days, and very few ways of eliminating the record. Unfortunately in some cases it is a proper way to deal with it (rapes, murder, child molestations) and in some people have just made a wrong choice or a mistake and now this record prevents them from moving on and living their lives. In contrast in European Union, once you have done your time and out of probation, your record gets wiped out as it is considered that you paid your debt back to society and if someone with a personal knowledge brings it up, you can civilly sue them for the damage to your reputation. The only other thing you might be able to consider is a pardon from a governor, but those are very hard to get.
Best of luck to you.
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