My question involves criminal law for the state of: New Jersey
Not too long ago, I was driving my car and made an illegal turn. A police officer subsequently pulled me over. Surprisingly, he showed little concern for my traffic violation and directly accused me of being under the influence of marijuana. I was shocked because I had never used illegal drugs in my life. The officer said my eyes were watery to base his accusation. I'm sure that he profiled me because I'm a young guy and have a college sticker on my bumper.
He then had me get out of the car and subjected me to a few silly tests. First he had me stick my tongue out and he said it was green from cannabis (I looked in the mirror and it wasn't). After that he waved his finger in front of my face at a rapid speed in multiple directions, and then had me close my eyes. He said that I had nystagmus, and eye twitching. I desperately tried to claim my innocence but he didn't want to hear it. I should also point out that this idiot said he was a "drug recognition expert". Eventually he let me off with just the traffic ticket since he saw I had no criminal record.
I have an ocular condition so I always have watery eyes; I'm quite prone to eye strain too. I'm terrified that this scenario could play out again one day, and I'll be falsely arrested.