It seems to me that many people that I work with (teenagers especially) make the mistake that freedom is their ability to do whatever they want without repercussion or consequence. This is a major mistake! Everyone does in fact have the freedom to choose the actions they make in the moment, but that is where it ends. There is no freedom in escape from consequences. This is Karma, or cause and effect. We do not have a choice in the consequence of our actions. Of course, there are ways to help predict what the consequence will be based on past actions and consequences, but often there is some degree of uncertainty. Ultimately, the consequence is outside of our direct control, and rather is a culmination of the causes and conditions that are present at that moment. Also contrary to a popularly held belief that Karma will "come to get you" if you are "bad". This also is not always the directly observed case. Karma is not a reward and punishment system, but rather a universal law that causes leads to effects. These cause and effect relationships build and change with the conditions present and other causes and effects. The outcome can be quite different than we expect.
What then is "true freedom"? True freedom, or in Buddhist literature Moksha (liberation) is in part understanding that we only have everything present right now, and that whatever choice we make (hoping that the motivation and direct course of action is for the betterment of other beings) is as far as we can predict. When consequences arise (both pleasant and unpleasant), we now have a new moment in which to engage our lives. When we grasp at things we want to remain constant, and reject and push away things that we do not want this push and pull can create problems. If things are present, accept them for what they are and make your decision on how to best engage it. If the result is not what you intended, accept and make your decision on how to engage it.
May you find liberation in your life!